Friday morning, we lugged our luggage from our hotel over to the train station in Florence. We waited for 9404, a speed train from Florence to Venice. Two hours later, we were crossing the lagoon into the Venice train station. Here are a few pics of that trek:
2 of the 17 boarding walkways at the Florence train station
waiting for the train
taking a nap on the train ride
the trees lean at 120 mph
our 1st view of Venice
So, we got to the train station, got our luggage off, and headed out front to catch a water taxi to the hotel. This was our 1st view of Venice above.
Following are pics from the rest of the day. We got to our hotel, grabbed a quick sandwich at the cafe next door, and met up with our guide. She took us through the city streets to St. Mark’s square where we were amazed by the size as well as the art of St. Mark’s Cathedral. You will see it in the pics. The mosaics showed the patience and creativity of the artists of old. That is a dying art, one that needs to live on.
Anyway – learning and seeing a lot. Hoping to post more thoughts. Meantime, here are some pics from the walk around Venice our 1st day here (yesterday), all taken with my iPhone if you can believe it.
the style of Venice
the sign on the left is our hotel
our room. dad has the big bed.
the church bldg near our hotel built in the 8th century
one of the famous Gondolas
the bridge at Rialto
Venice created "Carnival". Everyone wore a mask. Here are some examples...
the wolf and the pig
the duck and the cat
purple ones (i took this for KG)
a fancy one, like Abby
my favorite pic of the day, not cropped at all
inside the Ferrari shop (i took this for Caleb)
the famous, decorated clock tower on St. Mark's square
a portion of the very large facade of St. Mark's Cathedral
those are little pieces of glass!!! i dig mosaics.
the bell tower of St. Mark's square (real tall)
part of the Dogo Palace
just thought this corridor was cool
a tired, touring bunch
the dungeon of the palace
Pop in front of the oldest coffee shop in Europe (the Florian)
St. Mark's square at dusk
St. George island and cathedral at dusk (across the lagoon from St. Mark's square)