Italy Is Still Awesome: Random Gorgeousness

After checking out the Basilica and the Duomo, and enjoying a most excellent lunch, we visited the Civic Museum. Which was somewhat air conditioned, had a nice collection of medieval Christian art, and was not at all crowded, despite the sweaty hordes just outside. Whenever we travel, we always try to hit the city museums. For some reason, they never attract a lot of visitors, but often have an interesting variety of stuff to look at. Great for short attention spans (like mine).

We spent the rest of the afternoon just wandering around and poking into various alleys and churches. Once you get off the beaten path, Venice is not very crowded, even at the height of tourist season. There was a stop for gelato of course! And a diversion into a purse store. The new rule is that every time we go to Italy I get a purse  🙂

I took a ridiculous number of photos. It is practically impossible to take a bad photo in Venice. I kept thinking, ooh, I want to paint that!

We wrapped up the day by getting ripped off at a canalside bar. We asked for two large beers, expecting the half-liters that are the usual size in Europe. Um, no. Instead we got two LITERS of beer at a price that you don’t even want to know about. I couldn’t come close to finishing mine—at least not if I wanted to be able to walk home. But, the beer was good, the canalside bar was lovely, and we really needed to get off our feet and out of the sun for a while by then. Live and learn. The moral of the story is: always look at the sizes on the menu before you order a beer in Venice!

Random shot out the window of the Civic Museum.
Random shot out the window of the Civic Museum.
Venice rooftops.
Venice rooftops.
The Grand Canal.
The Grand Canal.
More rooftops.
More rooftops.
Gardens are squeezed in everywhere.
Gardens are squeezed in everywhere.
Detail from the civic museum.
Detail from the civic museum.
From the civic museum.
From the civic museum.
I thought the woman's expression was kind of funny. Definite eye roll.
I thought the woman’s expression was kind of funny. Definite eye roll.
Random "street."
Random “street.”
Typical cafe.
Typical cafe.
Flower boxes everywhere.
Flower boxes everywhere.
Really expensive carnival mask.
Really expensive carnival mask.
A rather warm canal boat ride.
A rather warm canal boat ride.
Street cafe (I liked the red awnings.)
Street cafe (I liked the red awnings.)
More flower boxes.
More flower boxes.
Gelato stop!
Gelato stop!
Fixed-up building.
Fixed-up building.
We saw a lot of Italian flags--they had just managed to lose the World Cup.
We saw a lot of Italian flags–they had just managed to lose the World Cup.
In a church.
In a church.
On a church.
On a church.
Just liked the colors.
Just liked the colors.
Balcony garden.
Balcony garden.
More carnival masks--these are more the tourist variety, but still papier-mache made in Italy (there are plastic ones that are not.)
More carnival masks–these are more the tourist variety, but still papier-mache made in Italy (there are plastic ones that are not.)
More gorgeousness.
More gorgeousness.
Keeping cool on the balcony.
Keeping cool on the balcony.
I liked the light in this shot.
I liked the light in this shot.
Yum!
Yum!
The Grand Canal again.
The Grand Canal again.
Venetian specialties.
Venetian specialties.
Cool street sign.
Cool street sign.
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2 comments

  1. Thank you for my visual stroll through Venice — such a charming city to explore! A friend and I got hit with a ridiculous price for beverages too, but it was inflated to include the number of “musicas” that we listened to while sitting and consuming our beverages. Still, I gotta get back to Venice soon.

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