At our lovely B+B.
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.
- 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.
- Currently there are about 50,000 residents in Venezia and about 80,000 tourists visit daily.
- 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.
- A 35 minute evening gondola ride costs 100 Euros and there is no shortage of takers.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- Bicycles are forbidden in Venice.
- 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.
- The best way to go to Venice is to take the bullet train. It brings you right downtown to the Grand Canal.
Then we went to Venice.