Day 2 Saturday Venice full day
In the morning we headed off exploring, site seeing and wanting to take pictures and get gifts for home.
It was in a close by quiet square. No fee, very ornate and beautiful. The best surprise, Saint Athanasius’ remains were there.
There is so much art to take in and enjoy. It’s everywhere. They are so blessed.
We started walking to Saint Marks Square. It was a beautiful Saturday, people out everywhere. We stopped for photos at the Bridge of Sighs.
We marveled at the columns of the Doge Palace. Every capital in every column was different. We laughed at the all reproductions elsewhere in world (we’ll inTexas) use the same images, easier that way. Venice had an abundance of money from traders and artists to tell their stories in images and symbols on all. It’s just so cool!
|Bridge of Sighs|
We picked a few shops to come back when opened later and picked up some Murano glass gifts for the girls.
We walked on. We stumbled on the back of a huge basilica and decided to go look inside. Many tour groups outside told the wonders but those poor tourists didn’t want to pay the 4 euros for an incredible treat. The euros went to repairs anyway.
The church building began in the 1200’s, finished in 1300. It just boggles my mind the number of churches in Venice. Hey, let’s build another one right here.. and the size of this church, their vision that future generations would add on. And they did. They added side altars as big as small churches.
Photos weren’t allowed, so we took our time. A Dominican priest followed us around but would not engage in conversation. He probably want to make sure we didn't sneak photos.
After that we took a right into what we thought was a museum but was a back entrance to a hospital with a maze that trapped us.
We were hungry and Max want to find his pizza place.
The pizza! Small shop. The lady was making fresh dough, rolled out our pizza, shred four cheeses for our pizza. For the Brie she put thin slice all over. Yum!
We bought two pizzas, and they thought we were Crazy- but it was lunch, dinner, breakfast and snack. So good deal.
After a nice rest of a little napping, we walked, all over. We found the store we wanted and bought some gifts for Craig and for Max’s future apartment. Max found a cool mask at the coolest mask store in Venice.
We had trouble repacking since we bought too much. So I carried the light weight fragile items in a large silver bag for many outings to come.
The pelican case was too heavy to begin with but we knew our fragile items would make it back safely.