So, where to begin... perhaps by offering a few highlights from each place we visited after the last posting of our visit to Florence.
We begin in Venice: Charles and I both agree that our room at Ca' Sagredo which was absolutely gorgeous in addition to having spectacular views of the Grand Canal was a major highlight!
|Gazing upon the Grand Canal from our hotel room|
|The room was gorgeous!|
|View from our hotel room in the evening...enchanting!|
Guido's tour of the city, specifically the Doge's palace and of St.Marks, also offered new insights into the history of Venice. The Bridge of Sighs, for example, misrepresented by a pop culture movie of 1979 as a place where lovers meet was in fact anything but. It was in reality the last sight a prisoner would see when walking through a tunnel to their cell and life imprisonment. Mark Twain said it best: “Many an innocent man to walk the Bridge of Sighs and descend into the dungeon which none entered and hoped to see the sun again.” Innocents Abroad. Hence, the sigh.
We'll continue with some highlights of the cruise soon. Dinner beckons :)
|Picture taken through a grated window as we were crossing the Bridge of Sighs...it is actually covered bridge and feels very much like a tunnel when you are walking through it.|