Monday, February 8, 2010

Day 7: Veneziaaaa

Aaah Venezia (Venice) is simply the most beautiful and romantic place on the planet. Venizia was another day trip for us from Bologna. We made it into the city early in the morning. The journey to Venezia is amazing. The local train journey offers you a lot to see. Italian graffiti, wide open fields so vast till you can see no more to finally rivlets and lots of water. 

In Venezia we embark at Stazione di Santa Lucia, it is the principle train station in the city. Once out of there you see... gondolas, water, buildings in water, people rowing, water taxis and Vaporetti (water bus). We took our time sinking the whole scene in. It was unbelievable that we were here. 

Soon we hoped onto  Vaporetto no. 1 and set off to explore Venice. Our destination Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square). We did not bother hoping down at the various stops and you can absorb the city from the decks of the water bus. The Grand Canal, the bridges, the rows of houses, etc. We were even lucky enough to see a couple getting married on a Gondola. So romantic... sigh!

It's really interesting to see the Gondolas and other water transport in Venezia. We disembarked at Piazza San Marco. And the square is filled with pigeons. Huge mighty pigeons! However what meets the eye here are Byzantine domes, spangled spires of Basilica di San Marco (St. Mark's Basilica) and the 15th century Torre dell'Orologio (clock tower). 

We decided to lunch at the piazza. Got some salad rolls and sat by the dock talking about our journey so far. Oh how I missed my whole family then and Bonnie too. Later made some quick international calls to my folks, convincing them that they have to visit venice. The rest of the day we spent walking about the piazza and window shopping. Soon it was time to leave. 

For once we reached Bologna in the evening and rode the bus back. And as we walked back the stretch from the main road to the hotel, a tree was calling me to hug it. So i did and Tan absolutely refused to click a picture of us. How rude! Anyway i clicked one by myself. What a day it was.

1 comment:

  1. I love your attitude. My wife 36 and I 40 are off to Europe for 26days. its her first trip off the African continent. We are going everywhere to see nothing.....i think we will hug a tree. Well done, fantastic.