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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Viva Italia! - Venezia

Venice was really beautiful.  We visited for a day and that was really enough as it was towards the end of our trip and I was ready to begin winding down on the Italian Riveria.  Venice as you can probably guess has many, many bridges!  Venice is a city of bridges connecting 118 islands.

HAPPY to be traveling through Italia!!  When do we return?

Saint Mark's Basilica

Closeup of the marble columns of
Saint Mark's Basilica - WOW!!!!


The Doge's Palace, church and Parliament

The Bridge of Sighs is an enclosed bridge, made of white limestone and has windows with stone bars.  The bridge connects the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace to the prison. No one was allowed to speak against Parliament.

Upon receiving sentence the prisoners were immediately moved to the prison via the Bridge of Sighs. The name was given as Prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice, through the window, before being taken down to their cells.  From walking through the bridge I can attest, very little could be seen of Venice through the steel bars covering the windows.  One can only imagine what it would be like to spend time in the dark, hard cells in the 1600s ....
The Bridge of Sighs

A view from the Bridge of Sighs at people who would 
have been saying goodbye to their beloved

Small cramp quarters; beds are mere stone slabs to lay on.

Imagine knowing this is where you will be
staying for many years, no windows.
There were tons of people in Venice. We stayed at a former monastery that had been used as an orphanage, boarding school, and student quarters. It was rich in history and still had all the antique printing equipment on display!

View from the Doge's Palace - love the clay tiles

"Rush" hour in Venice, during the morning is when
 deliveries are made and you see the locals going to
 work to get ready for the tourists.  The Gondoliers
 are seen later in the day and evening!
Loved the Gondoliers :)

"The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace."  Psalm 29:11

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