finally made it to Venice. Italy has so much art and culture. I've
traveled so much of the world and kind have put off Italy while
I visited less accessible destinations. But, it is time to see Italy.
only had a whirlwind weekend in the city, but it was quite a weekend.
I didn't know anything about Venice before I arrived. I didn't even
know it was a series of islands. That's kind of basic, but I didn't
arrival, the first things I noticed were the masks. So many different
kinds and colors! But, since I have a house full of souvenirs, I
only took photos. Lots of photos.
is a maze of winding streets, narrow passageways, colorful shops,
and, of course, canals. It was good that I went there with friends.
Otherwise, I would have spent half of my time lost in the city.
I just followed my friends and took in the sites along the way.
who visits Venice eventually finds their way to the Piazza San Marco.
I was told I was lucky that it wasn't flooded on the day I visited.
Not only was it not flooded, but the skies cleared and the sun came
out. It was a beautiful site. Along one side of the square is St.
Mark's Cathedral. A tour takes you up to the rooftop to see an even
more incredible view of the plaza.
if you do nothing else, you have to ride in a gondola.