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Old 02-08-2014, 09:25 AM   #751
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Old 02-08-2014, 04:46 PM   #752
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Understandable. Someone started a thread about how rude people can be on these boards lately. Its really starting to show. I'll send you a pm on that later so you can work on the next chapter.
Yeah, that thing kinda took on a life of its own.
I got a chuckle out of it, though.
And no, I didn't pass on a lot of the suggestions!

Anyway. Chapter's not too long this time. Got about half done so far.
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So yesterday...
We were invited over to my parents for dinner.
Five o'clock.
(Which is why there's no new chapter yet. But I'm working on it!)
It was now around four thirty or so.
The phone rings.
It's long distance.
I glance at the display... not an 800 number.
Hmmm.... should I answer it? Kinda busy... Might be Nebo!
I pick it up.
It is Nebo!!

Had a nice chat, but before you knew it, it was five... and I had to cut the conversation short.

It's always fun chatting with the big galoot. Lotsa laughs.
Some day I hope to be able to call him and have more time.

More... time...

sorry. got a little hysterical there.
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Something for nothing

So where were we?

Oh, right.
Venice.
Mid-day.
Back at the hotel.

Shall we continue? Yes? All righty, then.

I don't remember how long we were at the hotel, but it couldn't have been too long.
Probably not much more than an hour.

Hello! Venice is just outside! Is this thing on? Hello!!!

There were a few things I was aiming for this afternoon.

Remember this?



The Rialto Bridge has shops on it, and just the other side of it is the market.
(Just out of curiosity. How many of you spotted the dove? How many are still looking???)

I also wanted to visit one of the best Carnivale mask shops in the city.

But first things first.


Approaching the bridge, the first thing I noticed is that it's a lot wider than I first thought.



Full disclosure. The above shot was taken earlier (I think it was even from the day before...)
That's why all the shops are closed up.

Anyway.

Pedestrians have three choices for crossing the bridge.
In the first picture of this chapter, you can see people walking on the south side of the shops.
You can do the same on the north side.
Or you can go through the center, and peruse the shops on either side.



Fading off into the distance, on the other side of the canal, are the awnings for all the various shops of the market.

What can I say about the market?
How shall I wax poetic about its wares?
Ah, 'tis but a simple task that can be summed up in one word.

"meh"

Honestly? It was just okay.
Mostly it was an area chock full of what you would call 'tourist trap' crap.
We spent a little bit of time here, but not much.
On the outskirts, Kay did find a shop that was to her liking,
but most of the rest was cheap copies of poorly done glasswork and cheap masks.

Yeah. It was disappointing.

But let's not dwell on this Venetian failure. The day is young!


This was not a time that I wanted to get lost. I had my eye on the prize and would not be denied.

Tragicomica is arguably the finest mask making establishment in Venice.
One of the few places left that still hand craft their own masks.
Not cheap, prices range from thirty Euros ($40USD) to over four thousand ($5,500USD) for a full Carnivale costume.
(Compare that with the kiosks where you could get a 'paint-it-yourself' mask for one euro.)

But first, we have to navigate there.

We wound our way through narrow passageways...



With the occasional stop at whatever shops caught our eye.

We stopped in this shop for a bit, and one, if not both girls, wound up buying masks here.



It was kind of fun trying to find our destination.
The streets are so narrow and so twisty that every minute or two we'd have to stop to look at the map.
We'd turn in a full circle, trying to find landmarks.
Sometimes we'd find them, other times we wouldn't.
Those times, we'd continue on for a bit and repeat the process.

In hindsight, I'm a little surprised that we found the place at all.

But we did.

And it was pretty cool.
The masks here were obviously of better quality than any others we'd seen.
Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures.
Two reasons.
I couldn't take pictures outside the shop, because the lane was too narrow.
We were walking along and suddenly, "Here it is!"
And you couldn't take pictures inside the shop, because it wasn't allowed.

Guess you'll just have to take my word for it.
It was worth the walk.

We spent some time in here, but we didn't buy anything.
Ruby and I talked about it, but we just couldn't figure out how we'd
a) fit it into our decor back home, and;
b) how we'd get the durned thing back even if we did buy it!

After half an hour or so of gawking, we reluctantly left the shop and made our way back the way we came.

As we were navigating, we realized that it was getting late and we were starting to get hungry.
We stopped at a restaurant with an outdoor seating area that looked inviting.

The waiter spoke English quite well and when I asked him what was good, he replied:
"It's all good!"

He was right.

Kay had the spaghetti bolognese.
Elle had spaghetti with a mushroom cream sauce.
Ruby had pizza.
And I had lasagne.


Is your mouth watering about now?

Gross! Geez! Here's a napkin. Drool much? Sheesh.


Oh, all right.

Sorry. (Gawd, I'm so Canadian sometimes!)


After dinner we headed back towards the hotel
But not before shopping at that quintessential of all Venetian stores...

The Hard Rock Cafe.

I know. I know.

But I snagged a nice shirt at the Hard Rock in Munich and now I thought it might be cool to get one from Venice, too.
Okay?
Back off people! It's my shirt and I'll buy it if I want to!
Don't make me come over there!


Speaking of shirts.
Kay spotted a canal side vendor who was hawking T-shirts.
She liked one and bought it.
When she tried it on, later, at the hotel, she found that it was too tight.
I told her that she might not be able to exchange it, but we'd try.

I was very surprised when the vendor agreed to exchange it.
Unfortunately, he didn't have one in her size.
So instead of having an upset kiddo, who'd just spent a fair chunk of her souvenir money,
I exchanged the shirt for a larger size and "bought" it off of Kay.
She was happy to not be out the cash... and I had another T-shirt.
Maybe not one I would've normally picked, but it's okay.
Making Kay feel better was more important anyway.

Rotten little ingrate.

Whoops! Did I type that out loud?

Heh. I meant "Lovely young lady".


So after I didn't buy an iconic Venetian mask at the best Carnivale mask and costume shop in Venice and instead bought a T-shirt at Hard Rock...

What?

Anyway, after that, we headed back to the hotel for a quick pit stop.
Well, it was a quick pit stop for three quarters of the group.

Once again, Kay decided that she had seen enough and elected to remain in the hotel while the rest of us ventured forth.
I understand it. I really do.
We had romance, excitement, mystery and all of Venice before us...
Kay had Wi-Fi.
A difficult choice, I know.

In any event, I had one more excursion planned for the day and I'd been looking forward to it since before we left home.

We left the hotel as the sun was beginning to set and made our way back to Piazza San Marco.
Once there, we threaded our way over to the lagoon.



The bobbing gondolas with San Giorgio Maggiore Church in the background took my breath away.
Really, the entire City did that I suppose.
We continued along the lagoon-side pathway until we came to the next bridge crossing a canal.

At the bridge's zenith, with your back to the lagoon, cast your eyes up the canal and see...



The Bridge of Sighs.

The Bridge of Sighs is constructed of white limestone and was built in 1602.
It connects the Doge's Palace to the prison.
Interestingly, it was built by the nephew of the man who designed the Rialto Bridge.
There are several stories surrounding the bridge and how it got its name.
The most common tale is that as prisoners were led from the interrogation rooms in the palace to the prison,
they would sigh as they gazed their last on beautiful Venice.
Another tale states that if lovers kiss under the bridge in a gondola at sunset they will have eternal love.

After gazing at a bridge while standing on another bridge for a while, it was time for our evening excursion.

We boarded a Vaporetto, or water bus.
We were going to cruise the length of the Grand Canal from one end to the other... and back.

Another view of San Giorgio Maggiore, across the lagoon.



Notice how your eye is drawn not to the soaring bell tower...
Not to the classic church dome...
Not to the classical renaissance style architecture...

No. It's drawn to that stupid, pink, plump, armless monstrosity of a statue.

To paraphrase, "I don't know much about art, but I know what I don't like."

Tomorrow, I plan to ignore it from a much closer vantage point.


As the vaporetto departed I started to snap photos.

The entrance to the Grand Canal with St Maria of Salute Basilica on the left.



I don't know the names or histories of all the buildings we passed on our cruise.
I just contented myself with enjoying the scenery and reveling in my ignorance.
So do as I did, sit back and enjoy the view.

















We eventually arrived back at the train station, where we had first set foot in Venice.
The Grand Canal does extend a little further beyond the station, but not much.
Plus, the train station (wouldn't it be easier to call it a 'strain-tation'? No?) is a convenient spot to catch a ride back.
While there, Elle was thrilled to be able to purchase some much needed Americana...
Pringles.

Hey. A girl's gotta have herself some chips from time to time, right?
I'm pretty sure Ruby and I grabbed some snacks too, so I shouldn't point fingers.

Probably chocolate.

We hopped back onto a Vaporetto....
Oh.
Right.

I forgot.
Bunny boy's reading this.

We boarded a moored Vaporetto.
And why are they moored? Why not 'Moroccoed' or 'Algerianated'.

It's a short chapter. So I'm stretching. Sue me. (Or Liz me, or Angie me...)

The sun had set by now and the little moonlight there was cast a pallid glow upon the water.
(like that?)
The buildings were either bathed in light... or completely dark.
To say it was surreal would be an understatement.

I took a few more pictures in the waning light...





... before deciding that my little camera was not up to the task of capturing low light photos from a moving boat.
But as the night grew darker, a light came on.
I could still shoot video!

Fair warning! The following video (click on the picture) is four minutes long!
In it you will get to experience an evening cruise on the Grand Canal.
You'll see brilliantly lit facades, and dark gloomy exteriors.
You'll pass motor launches, brightly lit vaporetti and shadowy gondolas.
Hope you like it.



I've seen that video quite a few times, now.
I never get tired of it.


We... hmmm... you can deplane, but can you deboat?
We disembarked one stop early so we could stroll up to Piazza San Marco before heading back to our hotel.


Before we left Canada, I had read or heard warnings about all the dangers you could face as a tourist.
Especially a tourist in Paris... or Venice.
Pickpockets, thieves, confidence men, scam artists, lions and tigers and bears! -Oh, my!

Some articles I read made you think twice about leaving the safe confines of your home.
What? You're going to go outside?? Are you mad?

Take precautions.
Use common sense.
Know a couple of common scams.
Don't worry so much.

There were two scams that I'd heard about and was prepared for.
One scam is where a person approaches you and asks if you've dropped a ring.
When you say no, the scammer will 'show you' how the ring is very valuable.
He'll then offer to sell it to you for a fraction of its worth.
Of course, he'll sell it to you for much more than it's worth... or what he paid for it.

The second scam, I actually witnessed being carried out, near Sacre Coeur, in Paris.
The scam artist asks if he can demonstrate how he can create a beautiful bracelet out of coloured string.
You've probably seen these twisted, braided, string bracelets.
The scam occurs when the person ties the bracelet on you and then demands money for it.
Since it's tied on, you can't get it off and the scam artist can demand cash for it.
Unless you happen to be carrying a knife or scissors... or have the ba... fortitude... to walk away, you wind up paying.

We had experienced a third scam in Cologne. (Remember the lady who offered us a rose? for cash?)
We thought we were immune.
But we were taken aback at this one young man's persistence.

We had only taken a few steps when a smiling young man (more a boy, than man) approached us.
In his outstretched arm he held a rose.
He marched straight up to Ruby and said, "For you."

He said it again, "For you."

Ruby shook her head. Undeterred, our determined seller repeated, "For you."

Again Ruby shook her head and kept walking.
"For you."
Negative head shake.
"For you."
Ignoring him now.
"For you!"
"For you!"
"For you!For you!For you!For you!For you!For you!For you!For you!For you!"

I wish I was exaggerating. But I'm not.
We kept walking. He kept walking backwards in front of us.
"For you!For you!For you!For you!For you!For you!"

Finally, just to shut him up! I grabbed the rose out of his hand.

Well...

Immediately, he thrust his hand back at us, palm up.
"Something!"
We kept walking.
"Something!"
We ignored him.
He began to shriek.
"Something!Something!Something!Something!Something !Something!"
(Again... not kidding. Not exaggerating.)
But as we walked, we were passing a cafe with a nice terrace.
With tables.
I dumped the rose on a table as we walked by and the annoying little urchin was forced to forego payment in lieu of rescuing his rose.
He didn't bother us again.
Probably went off in search of another victim.

We rounded the corner and were once again back in Piazza San Marco.
The square was awash in lights and vendors of cheap crap.

But it didn't matter.
It was still beautiful.
And if you ignored the hawkers trying to sell their wares, it still took your breath away.

It didn't matter anyway.
Tomorrow morning, I was going to get up early and return to take a picture of an empty Piazza. This will have to hold you until then.



One more day left in Venice.
What will we see and do next?
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That makes me sad - the DIS is the one forum where I don't feel someone will attack me (well, except for a certain thread I started and have been judged for an "opinion" that I never expressed, but I'm above the arguing, so I am through there.) I hope the mods dump these threads or ban the posters when they get mean spirited. This is a DISNEY forum, it's supposed to be fun!
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I will admit we got taken by the bracelet guys at Sacre Coeur. They were good, totally caught us off guard. Of course it was our first city trip so we were newbies to the scams. They took our fingers and immediately tied the string on, gotcha! They wanted A LOT of euros for each. It was at least 20€ for each. I gave them 10€ for all. I still have them as a reminder. The rose guy at the Trevi Fountain got us on our first visit to Rome. Live and learn! And never give them the price they ask for. I carry US $ just for those occasions, since they aren't worth as much compared to the euro. I find Italian cities worse than others for pushy street sellers. Rome being the worst.
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Wow again! Venice is so incredibly beautiful! I was wondering how it got flooded, so I googled it. I guess they built it in the water on stilts on purpose. Maybe you posted that and I missed it
How cool that you found a gondola that you could take just as a family and have such a great tour! Your pictures are amazing - I just feel like you brought us along in your suitcase - That's it! That's why it was so heavy -

Thank you for sharing the night canal video - and the night shot of the Piaza - OMG! I feel like I have to put this place on my bucket list!

Your descriptions are so poetic, also. You are a great writer, Ponzi - thanks for the chapter.
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I will admit we got taken by the bracelet guys at Sacre Coeur. They were good, totally caught us off guard. Of course it was our first city trip so we were newbies to the scams. They took our fingers and immediately tied the string on, gotcha! They wanted A LOT of euros for each. It was at least 20€ for each. I gave them 10€ for all. I still have them as a reminder. The rose guy at the Trevi Fountain got us on our first visit to Rome. Live and learn! And never give them the price they ask for. I carry US $ just for those occasions, since they aren't worth as much compared to the euro. I find Italian cities worse than others for pushy street sellers. Rome being the worst.
I'm sure I would fall for all of it. I had a guy come up to me in St. Thomas with a donkey and hand her rope to me - then ask if I wanted to take a picture with Marilyn Monroe. We took the picture and paid him, then thought, "Hey! what just happened?"
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I'm sure I would fall for all of it. I had a guy come up to me in St. Thomas with a donkey and hand her rope to me - then ask if I wanted to take a picture with Marilyn Monroe. We took the picture and paid him, then thought, "Hey! what just happened?"
Oh yeah, in Rome a guy walked up to my dd and put a small bird, canary I think, on her arm. He wanted me to pay him to take a picture of her with his little bird. The things they will do! I don't recall what we did. We tend to be suckers for beggars. There was this guy in Athens that had this little black kitten on a short leash, he was sitting in a cardboard box, looking to be sleeping, with this kitten laying on the box, he wasn't hurting the kitty but it's not normal for a kitten to just lay there for hours on end. I felt bad for it. We had been carrying dry cat food for all the strays we ran into so we gave the kitty some food which it ate readily and the guy a few bucks. Oh and I had gotten an ice cream so I let the kitten lick a little off my finger. It really enjoyed it. Around the Acropolis there are stray cats and dogs everywhere! Just roaming where they please. The caretakers of the Acropolis make sure they have plenty of fresh water and they are well fed. I'm guessing the dogs and many of the cats are spayed and neutered. The dogs were all older looking and there weren't tons of kitten though there were some. I actually tried to give a piece of my breakfast croissant to one of the dogs, it turned its nose up at it!
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Wow again! Venice is so incredibly beautiful! I was wondering how it got flooded, so I googled it. I guess they built it in the water on stilts on purpose. Maybe you posted that and I missed it
How cool that you found a gondola that you could take just as a family and have such a great tour! Your pictures are amazing - I just feel like you brought us along in your suitcase - That's it! That's why it was so heavy -

Thank you for sharing the night canal video - and the night shot of the Piaza - OMG! I feel like I have to put this place on my bucket list!

Your descriptions are so poetic, also. You are a great writer, Ponzi - thanks for the chapter.
and on the bold.

Man, I have to catch up. I'm still not finished the last one but am very excited to come on here and see another update!
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Hey...I bought my mask at that shop! I ended up shipping mine home along with a bunch of stuff I bought in florence...it was expensive but everything got home safely and more room in the luggage for wine!

I fended off the ring and the rose scam in Paris...so annoying!

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Ponzi, what amazing pictures again! I bet Kay will hate herself when she gets older and realizes what she missed by staying in a hotel for Wi-Fi or sleep she can have any time at home.

I looked at the video and thought, wow, all those buildings look like the are flooded! Somehow I never got that feeling with the pictures. Good to know that that is really not the case, whew!

And will we get to see your T-Shirts? Inquiring minds want to know...

Thanks for the update, great as always!
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I will admit we got taken by the bracelet guys at Sacre Coeur. They were good, totally caught us off guard. Of course it was our first city trip so we were newbies to the scams. They took our fingers and immediately tied the string on, gotcha! They wanted A LOT of euros for each. It was at least 20€ for each. I gave them 10€ for all. I still have them as a reminder. The rose guy at the Trevi Fountain got us on our first visit to Rome. Live and learn! And never give them the price they ask for. I carry US $ just for those occasions, since they aren't worth as much compared to the euro. I find Italian cities worse than others for pushy street sellers. Rome being the worst.
Sorry to hear you got taken.
We found the scam artists to be more "in your face" in Venice than in Paris.




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Wow again! Venice is so incredibly beautiful! I was wondering how it got flooded, so I googled it. I guess they built it in the water on stilts on purpose. Maybe you posted that and I missed it
I don't think I posted that it's on stilts.
It never occurred to me that I should've explained Venice a little more.
But maybe I should have. It certainly is an odd city in that way.


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How cool that you found a gondola that you could take just as a family and have such a great tour!
It was awesome.
Probably in any famous city, but definitely in Venice, it really pays to get away from the packed tourist areas.
The best masks, the best glass, the best food... all not easily found.
And worth the search!


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Your pictures are amazing - I just feel like you brought us along in your suitcase - That's it! That's why it was so heavy -
I KNEW IT!
I thought I saw you crawling out of there when I wasn't looking!
I saw motion out of the corner of my eye, and I was like, "Tammie??? Nah."


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Thank you for sharing the night canal video - and the night shot of the Piaza - OMG! I feel like I have to put this place on my bucket list!
You're welcome... And you should!
Venice is a lot of peoples' favourite city.


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Your descriptions are so poetic, also. You are a great writer, Ponzi - thanks for the chapter.
I wax poetic, but I do the dishes prosaically.
Thanks for all the nice comments, Tammie!


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I'm sure I would fall for all of it. I had a guy come up to me in St. Thomas with a donkey and hand her rope to me - then ask if I wanted to take a picture with Marilyn Monroe. We took the picture and paid him, then thought, "Hey! what just happened?"




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Oh yeah, in Rome a guy walked up to my dd and put a small bird, canary I think, on her arm. He wanted me to pay him to take a picture of her with his little bird. The things they will do!
I would have been so tempted to say, "Look! This man put dinner on DDs arm!"

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I don't recall what we did. We tend to be suckers for beggars.
Beggars have a hard time with me. Thieves too.
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I actually tried to give a piece of my breakfast croissant to one of the dogs, it turned its nose up at it!
So much for the phrase, "Beggars can't be choosers".

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and on the bold.

Man, I have to catch up. I'm still not finished the last one but am very excited to come on here and see another update!
Well, get reading girl!
I'm trying to post at about ten day intervals (as requested), so no excuses!


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Hey...I bought my mask at that shop! I ended up shipping mine home along with a bunch of stuff I bought in florence...it was expensive but everything got home safely and more room in the luggage for wine!

I fended off the ring and the rose scam in Paris...so annoying!
Wasn't that shop amazing?!?
I still sort of regret not getting a mask there. But I still don't know where we'd put it!

So you actually got approached by the ring scam?
How did it go? As I described it? Or different?




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Ponzi, what amazing pictures again! I bet Kay will hate herself when she gets older and realizes what she missed by staying in a hotel for Wi-Fi or sleep she can have any time at home.
Not now... but maybe later.
I was showing some pictures of our trip to my parents.
Kay saw the Paris Opera pictures and piped up, "I don't remember that."
I replied that she had not wanted to come and stayed at the hotel.
"Well." She said. "I didn't know it was going to be like that."



Unfortunately, I know my daughter well enough to know that trying to get her to see something that she doesn't want to see...

I console myself with the thought that she might wish to see it some day and strike out on her own.

It's kinda why we took this trip.
Give 'em a taste of travel and see if they catch the travel bug.


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I looked at the video and thought, wow, all those buildings look like the are flooded! Somehow I never got that feeling with the pictures. Good to know that that is really not the case, whew!
Actually... it is the case!
While the buildings were built on water with the express purpose of being able to boat up to them...
They are sinking (plus water levels are rising).
So most buildings are now uninhabitable on the first floor.


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And will we get to see your T-Shirts? Inquiring minds want to know...
Gee. I never thought anybody would care about T-shirts.
I guess I could post pics of them if you want.


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Thanks for the update, great as always!
Thanks Marita!
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[QUOTE=pkondz;50685281]Sorry to hear you got taken.
We found the scam artists to be more "in your face" in Venice than in Paris.


We got stuck by the guys at Montemarte with the bracelet thing. I had ahold of DS's hand and thought that DH had DD's hand, nope, she stopped, so we all stopped. Of course DH is also pretty savvy, so only offered them 1 euro apiece for the bracelets, and honestly they were nice. But we did cut them off at the hotel that night, because they also totally mark you as a tourist!


I don't think I posted that it's on stilts.
It never occurred to me that I should've explained Venice a little more.
But maybe I should have. It certainly is an odd city in that way.




It was awesome.
Probably in any famous city, but definitely in Venice, it really pays to get away from the packed tourist areas.
The best masks, the best glass, the best food... all not easily found.
And worth the search!


We ended up going to Murano for glass, and bought a sailboat (a glass one, not a real one!), way more than we budgeted for a souvenier, but it really spoke to my DH.

Not now... but maybe later.
I was showing some pictures of our trip to my parents.
Kay saw the Paris Opera pictures and piped up, "I don't remember that."
I replied that she had not wanted to come and stayed at the hotel.
"Well." She said. "I didn't know it was going to be like that."



Unfortunately, I know my daughter well enough to know that trying to get her to see something that she doesn't want to see...

I console myself with the thought that she might wish to see it some day and strike out on her own.

It's kinda why we took this trip.
Give 'em a taste of travel and see if they catch the travel bug.


It's not always a bad thing if they don't have a travel bug! My DS has it bad, so he's always asking where we're going next. I'm looking at him going "Dude, you're 10, you've been to Europe twice, spent a birthday in Paris, Shanghi and London on 3 different years, you're seriously feeling deprived of travel?! "

Actually... it is the case!
While the buildings were built on water with the express purpose of being able to boat up to them...
They are sinking (plus water levels are rising).
So most buildings are now uninhabitable on the first floor.


We got another interesting tidbit from a walking tour that we did. Apparently, Italy changed the configuration of the bay that Venice is in so that they could put more industry on the mainland. This has caused the tides to have much more impact on Venice that previously, so, the increased water movement is what's contributing to the flooding and erosion of the pillars that the city is built on.
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We got stuck by the guys at Montemarte with the bracelet thing. I had ahold of DS's hand and thought that DH had DD's hand, nope, she stopped, so we all stopped. Of course DH is also pretty savvy, so only offered them 1 euro apiece for the bracelets, and honestly they were nice. But we did cut them off at the hotel that night, because they also totally mark you as a tourist!
Ah. Stopping. The kiss of death!
I'm thinking that even paying one euro a piece was a big score for them.

Wouldn't it be nice to just go and not worry about stuff like that?


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We ended up going to Murano for glass, and bought a sailboat (a glass one, not a real one!), way more than we budgeted for a souvenier, but it really spoke to my DH.
No comment. You'll see why in the very next chapter!

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It's not always a bad thing if they don't have a travel bug! My DS has it bad, so he's always asking where we're going next. I'm looking at him going "Dude, you're 10, you've been to Europe twice, spent a birthday in Paris, Shanghi and London on 3 different years, you're seriously feeling deprived of travel?! "

Now that the DDs are getting older, I'm starting to tell them, "Next trip is just me and your Mom."

Elle pouts.
Kay cheers.



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We got another interesting tidbit from a walking tour that we did. Apparently, Italy changed the configuration of the bay that Venice is in so that they could put more industry on the mainland. This has caused the tides to have much more impact on Venice that previously, so, the increased water movement is what's contributing to the flooding and erosion of the pillars that the city is built on.
Hmm. That's interesting. Didn't know that.
Right now, the MOSE project has been running for ten years and is expected to be completed in 2016.
What's the MOSE project?
It's a series of underwater, inflatible gates that are designed to rise and cut off the lagoon from the Adriatic.
They just ran the first test back in October.
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