|Ride on the vaporetto is surprisingly smooth, given the turbulence caused by maritime traffic and the narrowness of the waterways|
|Gorgeous scenery surrounds the traveller on Venice's waterways|
After a forty-five minute vaporetto ride to Piazza S. Marco, we hit the reality of the crowds! It felt like CN Exhibition on Labour Day. We were expecting this, true, but perhaps not to the extreme extent that presented itself . The day was cool enough that the warmth of the sun was most welcome as we sat with a cappuccino and map to orient ourselves to the insanity of the maze that is Venice. As we began our walk, Charles went nuts taking photos of the amazing statues, sculptures and structures in this gorgeous piazza. He was particularly enthralled with the winged lions :)
|The winged lion, understood to be a traditional symbol of Venetian power|
|Another representation, they are all over the place!|
|The beauty and magnitude of Piazza S. Marco is difficult to portray in photographs!|
|More food porn :) yummy eats and great atmosphere at Trattoria Bepi on Salizada de Pistor, Venice|
|Venetian canals are teaming with gondoliers who labour to provide entertainment for tourists ...it's their job|
One final memory, we got a taste of Italian stormy weather just as we were making our way to the train station. Strong winds, rain, thunder, lightening, you name it. We heard the next day there was a huge storm that caused damage in the north of Italy. Luckily, we were not at the centre of it.
Next post, Florence.