Veneto

BREAKFAST IN VENICE

At our lovely B+B.

At our beautiful breakfast patio. It doesn't show here, but there was a string of Tibetan prayer flags strung across. Without knowing anything about the owners Marco and Alessandra ahead of time, once again we ended up in a place of active consciousness.

At our beautiful breakfast patio. It doesn't show here, but there was a string of Tibetan prayer flags strung across. Without knowing anything about the owners Marco and Alessandra ahead of time, once again we ended up in a place of active consciousness.

Lili of course loved the Owners' dog, Ray. 

Lili of course loved the Owners' dog, Ray. 

Dante with his camera documenting our surroundings. 

Dante with his camera documenting our surroundings. 

And here is the view into the old convent garden right off the breakfast patio.

And here is the view into the old convent garden right off the breakfast patio.

VENICE FAMILY PHOTOS

Maybe it is because I have been taking so many photos of Lili on this trip she is sometimes tired of posing and smiling. Or maybe it is because she is nine. But she does at times want me to take what she calls 'not smiling photos' and then she strikes a serious pose. 

Lili doing her serious 'model-y' look. 

Lili doing her serious 'model-y' look. 

I was allowed to smile in this photo that Lili took. I like it! 

I was allowed to smile in this photo that Lili took. I like it! 

Lili also took this picture of me and Dante. 

Lili also took this picture of me and Dante. 

Here we are all at St. Mark's. 

Here we are all at St. Mark's. 

TEN THINGS ABOUT VENICE

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  1. Venezia was formed on a bunch of muddy swamp patches in about A.D. 400 as the Venetiae (who were Celtic) fled invaders. We enjoyed learning this because Lili thought Venice had come about because of a flood.
  2. Currently there are about 50,000 residents in Venezia and about 80,000 tourists visit daily.
  3. There are 423 bridges. Originally, the bridges had no railings but during the Austrian rule railings were added. There is one bridge left in the original shape - I have attached a picture.
  4. A 35 minute evening gondola ride costs 100 Euros and there is no shortage of takers.
  5. The island of San Michele is the Venezia cemetery. Famous people buried there include American author Ezra Pound (who lived in Venice for over 20 years) and Russian composer Igor Stravinsky.
  6. Venice is not known for its green spaces. Gardens are mostly private, behind walls and gates. We stayed in Cannaregio, in a building that used to be a convent, and it opened to a lovely old park.
  7. The Venezia Jewish ghetto is the first ghetto in the world. It is a thriving cultural community these days. (The word ghetto comes from Venetian word 'getto' which means foundry. The Jewish people were sequestered in the Venice foundry area in the 1500's.)
  8. Bicycles are forbidden in Venice.
  9. One of the islands is Murano, famous for its glass. The glass is so beautiful and I did buy a little plate for my yoga room.
  10. The best way to go to Venice is to take the bullet train. It brings you right downtown to the Grand Canal.
In the Jewish Ghetto.

In the Jewish Ghetto.

Murano glass.

Murano glass.

The one bridge that still does not have railings.  

The one bridge that still does not have railings.