Day 8 – Venice

May 1, 2010 in ITALY,Mediterranean | Comments (22)

Tags: , ,

gondolas

Image 2 of 19

We cruised into Venice cruise port at 9am. Logistics dominated day 8. But we succeeded in managing a visit to Piazza San Marco by refusing the advice of the girls at Reception.

They told me I had to be on the transfer at 1230 from the port to get my flight at 1710 (almost no time in Venice). Fortunately I got a second opinion. The tour desk tried various diagnoses of the situation and finally came to a remedy. Tour VCE03 would get us back for the 2pm transfer which would absolutely, for sure, get to the airport by 3pm – more than two hours before departure. That would be 3 hrs 30 mins in Venice plus charming boat transfers to and from the port.

VCE03 – St Marks’ Square and airport transfer.

And so we got to see the simply marvelous city. The totally fabulous city. Its domes and towers rose above the floods of people off the cruise boats and local Venetians enjoying the public holiday of First May. Above the confusion of people in St Mark’s square and stands selling T-shirts or Venetian masks, the basilica of St Mark rose ebulliently, flambouyantly, opulently, making an intricate skyline.

Built in the 9th century, it was added to in different centuries (mostly the 14th), so it is a mix of Byzantine and Gothic, with sculptings and sculptures, arches,  mosaics, domes and pillars. Much just stolen or taken from other cultures further East. Sometimes it went the other way round – the horses for example were taken by Napoleon and later returned to Venice.

The Golden church is indeed gold. Its mosaics so glittering so impressive, looping into the curves and domes. We took some photos before we discovered we should not.

After that feast of Venice treasures we wandered down a side street and met a gondola station in a canal. Didn’t take much to persuade us to take a  ride for 60 euros. We have no idea whether we bargained ourselves down or up.

The willing or too willing guide was told we wanted silence. We have been on a boat with too much noise. Now we want it quiet I said to his apparent dismay. I think he loves guiding. So we said ok just tell us a few things when we see the sights. It was as we dreamed – or better. A sunny day, green glistening water, quiet backways, a little mossy and crumbly – plenty of beautiful arched bridges, and some other gondolas passing by – one with a singer standing and delivering Italian songs. Because of the quiet moments and lack of people it actually felt less touristy – though its obviously the most touristy thing you can do in Venice. Our guide was very happy when his one item of information got us pointing and taking pictures just like proper tourists – it was the home of Cassanova. And our history did include that gentleman.

Next we called on Luna Baglioni hotel, where I had arranged to look and take pictures. This is the first hotel in Venice, and a stop during the crusades. Its in a charming spot, on a side canal, with its own gondola stop. And it is saturated in history and Venetian romance, with old Venetian garments on display, and the perfect combination of wallpaper, chandeliers, flowers, furniture – presenting the classic romantic Venice.

And then some shopping. Aleah bought a load of masks – apparently all made on the islands of Venice.

Back to logistics. We met our transfer on the quay at 1.30, got to our bus transfer via a nice boat ride at 2.00, and to the aiport at 2.45.

The only sad thing was we met our Swedes who had a wasted day, sitting at port and airport…

This is biggest complaint I have about MSC.

We cruised into Venice cruise port at 9am. Logistics dominated day 8. We succeeded in managing a visit to Venice by refusing the advice of the girls at Reception. The other Swedes at our table sadly failed to get into the marvelous city, and spent the 7 hours after arrival at the boring port or in the airport. They were not even allowed to stay on the boat. Cruel, truly cruel!  Most had chosen that cruise because it included Venice.

Reception told me I had to be on the transfer at 1230 to get my flight at 1710. As it was a public holiday, they said, the 2pm transfer would not get us there in time. One would perhaps have an hour in the city of Venice. A kind girl at Reception told me that if I really cared about getting to Venice I should leave my luggage in the port, take the shuttle to the railway station and then boat to St Mark’s square. On return to port – should take a taxi to the airport.

Fortunately I got a second opinion. The tour desk tried various diagnoses of the situation and finally came to a remedy. Tour VCE03 would get us back for the 2pm transfer which would absolutely, for sure, get to the airport by 3pm – more than two hours before departure. That would be 3 hrs 30 mins in Venice plus charming boat transfers to and from the port.

VCE03 – St Marks’ Square and airport transfer.

And so we got to see the simply marvelous city. The totally fabulous city. Its domes and towers rose above the floods of people off the cruise boats and local Venetians enjoying the public holiday of First May. Above the confusion of people in St Mark’s square and stands selling T-shirts or Venetian masks, the basilica of St Mark rose ebulliently, flambouyantly, opulently, making an intricate skyline.

Built in the 9th century, it was added to in different centuries (mostly the 14th), so it is a mix of Byzantine and Gothic, with sculptings and sculptures, arches,  mosaics, domes and pillars. Much just stolen or taken from other cultures further East. Sometimes it went the other way round – the horses for example were taken by Napoleon and later returned to Venice.

The Golden church is indeed gold. Its mosaics so glittering so impressive, looping into the curves and domes. We took some photos before we discovered we should not.

After that feast of Venice treasures we wandered down a side street and met a gondola station in a canal. Didn’t take much to persuade us to take a  ride for 60 euros. We have no idea whether we bargained ourselves down or up.

The willing or too willing guide was told we wanted silence. We have been on a boat with too much noise. Now we want it quiet I said to his apparent dismay. I think he loves guiding. So we said ok just tell us a few things when we see the sights. It was as we dreamed – or better. A sunny day, green glistening water, quiet backways, a little mossy and crumbly – plenty of beautiful arched bridges, and some other gondolas passing by – one with a singer standing and delivering Italian songs. Because of the quiet moments and lack of people it actually felt less touristy – though its obviously the most touristy thing you can do in Venice. Our guide was very happy when his one item of information got us pointing and taking pictures just like proper tourists – it was the home of Cassanova. And our history did include that gentleman.

Next we called on Luna Baglioni hotel, where I had arranged to look and take pictures. This is the first hotel in Venice, and a stop during the crusades. Its in a charming spot, on a side canal, with its own gondola stop. And it is saturated in history and Venetian romance, with old Venetian garments on display, and the perfect combination of wallpaper, chandeliers, flowers, furniture – presenting the classic romantic Venice.

And then some shopping. Aleah bought a load of masks – apparently all made on the islands of Venice.

Back to logistics. We met our transfer on the quay at 1.30, got to our bus transfer via a nice boat ride at 2.00, and to the aiport at 2.45.

The only sad thing was we met our Swedes who had a wasted day, sitting at port and airport…They weren’t even allowed to stay on the boat as they had been promised and were forced to take an early transfer. So they missed Venice. This is biggest complaint I have about MSC.

Still – thanks to their tour desk we had the most perfect day in Venice -and got home safely, well fed and saturated with impressions and experiences….


22 Responses to “Day 8 – Venice”

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

  1. Comment by web hosting servicesAugust 14, 2020 at 2:32 am  

    I have been browsing online more than three hours today,
    yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth
    enough for me. Personally, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the net will be much more useful than ever before.

  2. Comment by Ricky FennernAugust 12, 2020 at 11:42 am  

    as I website owner I believe the subject matter here is very wonderful, appreciate it for your efforts.

  3. Comment by adreamoftrains web hostingAugust 12, 2020 at 5:50 am  

    My family always say that I am killing my time here
    at net, but I know I am getting familiarity every day by
    reading thes pleasant articles. adreamoftrains web hosting companies

  4. Comment by best web hosting 2020August 11, 2020 at 7:13 pm  

    I was very happy to uncover this great site. I need to to thank you for your time just for this fantastic read!!

    I definitely really liked every little bit of it and I
    have you book marked to look at new stuff in your website.

  5. Comment by web hosting servicesAugust 10, 2020 at 4:05 am  

    Hello, i believe that i saw you visited my blog so i got here to return the choose?.I am attempting
    to in finding issues to enhance my web site!I
    suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!!

  6. Comment by Harold HaubrickAugust 9, 2020 at 7:10 pm  

    Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive learn something like this before. So nice to find anyone with some unique thoughts on this subject. realy thanks for beginning this up. this web site is something that is wanted on the net, somebody with slightly originality. helpful job for bringing something new to the internet!

  7. Comment by Daniel ReinkemeyerAugust 6, 2020 at 6:43 am  

    I like this web site so much, saved to bookmarks.

  8. Comment by Erick TrebilcockAugust 5, 2020 at 9:49 pm  

    I gotta favorite this site it seems handy very beneficial

  9. Comment by Picture 277August 5, 2020 at 5:00 pm  

    Andrea Coster

    I found a great…

  10. Comment by Picture 267August 5, 2020 at 4:27 pm  

    Novella Carbonneau

    I found a great…

  11. Comment by Thalia VanryJuly 31, 2020 at 3:10 pm  

    Real informative and great body structure of subject matter, now that’s user pleasant (:.

  12. Comment by Zulma WasmuthJuly 30, 2020 at 11:16 am  

    Buy Private proxies: BEST PRIVATE PROXIES – Top notch good quality, Unlimited information, 1000 mb/s superspeed, 99,9 uptime, Low step by step IP’s, Zero application rules, Many subnets, USA and also The eu proxies – Obtain At this moment – https://DreamProxies.com

  13. Comment by Maire HerroldJuly 30, 2020 at 7:02 am  

    Unlimited Elite USA Private Proxies – 100 Anonymity and Fastest Speed – Get Proxies Today on DreamProxies.com

  14. Comment by Ayanna PomeranceJuly 20, 2020 at 4:04 am  

    Looking with respect to high quality in addition to anonymous private proxies? DreamProxies.com provides the highest quality confidential proxies by way of 50 markdowns and additionally BIG bonus items! Obtain right now and enjoy your private proxies

  15. Comment by GuQinJune 27, 2020 at 2:19 pm  

    great post, very informative. I wonder why the other specialists of this sector do not notice this. You must continue your writing. I’m confident, you’ve a huge readers’ base already!

  16. Comment by HairstylesJune 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm  

    Hey there! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone 3gs! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the excellent work!

  17. Comment by Proxies For TwitterJune 22, 2020 at 5:27 pm  

    DreamProxies.com – 100 the best private proxies by way of large promotions + Superb speedily procurator serrvers!

  18. Comment by Jacquetta DulleaMay 17, 2020 at 11:06 pm  

    Hi! I know this is kinda off topic however , I’d figured I’d ask. Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest writing a blog post or vice-versa? My blog goes over a lot of the same subjects as yours and I believe we could greatly benefit from each other. If you’re interested feel free to send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you! Terrific blog by the way!

  19. Comment by Damaris LaremontMay 16, 2020 at 11:40 pm  

    Thanks for your article. What I want to say is that when looking for a good internet electronics shop, look for a web page with comprehensive information on critical factors such as the level of privacy statement, safety details, any payment procedures, and various terms and also policies. Constantly take time to investigate the help plus FAQ sections to get a better idea of how the shop operates, what they can do for you, and the way you can make the most of the features.

  20. Comment by Suanne LedwithJanuary 23, 2013 at 2:06 am  

    You are a really good person!

  21. Comment by Gillian C Dwyer — May 5, 2010 at 3:51 pm  

    Thanks – how nice. I will be in Madrid tomorrow – a little touch of luxury again…

  22. Comment by student loanMay 5, 2010 at 10:24 am  

    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

Leave a Reply


Better Tag Cloud