Venice, Sep '12

It's kind of a 'must see' city in Italy so off we went for a quick couple of days in Venice. This involved lots and lots of walking around, and personally, being rather amazed at how the place survives as it does.

It's a crazy, crazy place, that feels almost unreal at times, or like a theme park. Until you realise that this place is real and it's what a lot of places are actually themed on! I think the feeling comes from narrow streets that might as easily be corridors in a mall. Combined with shops, restaurants, cafes, etc. at every turn - well, around the 'main' sights at least. Just like the planners in any modern development, every last inch of space is at a premium and appears to have been utilised.

There's not much more to say that the pictures don't convey. Enjoy!

As a side issue I should add that there seem to be a lot more people milling around than when I was last here (also in the off season in 1997) - tourism must certainly be on the rise!

11:35

Lunch in Venice: couple slices of pizza in this quite little square. Tranquillity before hitting the tourist madness!

11:55

Overcast today. We wondered randomly for miles just taking in the atmosphere. Such a unique place & crazy busy!

14:00

Poor light? Take it as an opportunity to try some different post-processing. Like this view from Ponte di Rialto.

15:20

Lot of masks for sale here. Even we picked one up at what seemed like an authentic studio. Not for me of course wink

16:05

After nasty looking clouds most of the day... boom! Luckily this passed quickly, & the sun even tried to come out smile

05:45

Breakfast in Venice. Course 1 of 4... or was that 5?... 6? Kindof lost count wink Not too shabby either way! tongue

08:10

Sunshine! Then if the hotel is to arrange a free water taxi to Murano (as any good one will), who are we to argue? smile

08:30

Glass demo. Stallion & bowl: 2 minutes each. Shame they don't show how those $10,000 pieces upstairs are made! sad

10:30

More Venice randomness...

12:20

A sunny lunchtime in and around Piazza San Marco. Yup - is a bit busy. Imagine if this was actually tourist season?!

13:15

Taking a break. Oh look, a café. Oh look, tiramisu & coffee. Don't worry, I had a treat too but don't look as nice wink

14:10

When in Venice... she made me do it! And I'd never admit it was actually rather entertaining. No, never! wink

15:10

Down at the Ponte di Rialto. In the sun even. Nice. Busy as always though!

17:00

Canal-side dinner. Italian dishes look a bit Spartan, huh? It's that 1st/2nd course thing. Lucky they have desert! wink