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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Mike Goes to Venice

November 29-30 I decided to take a quick trip to Venice. Unfortunately, this turned out to be the last trip I took, since exams and seeing everything in Milan one more time took up more of my time than I thought. I really liked Venice, though. Since I went so late in the year, it wasn't very crowded, which was nice. It really seems like the kind of city that would be more enjoyable with company, though, so maybe I'll make it back someday.

Canals look cool at night

During the day they're cool, too

The ruler of Venice used to be called the Doge. This is a picture of the courtyard of his palace (now a museum). I spent a lot of time here, because the museum is huge.

I could be a doge...

This covered bridge leads from the Doge's Palace to the prison. It's called "The Bridge of Sighs" because, apparently, as criminals crossed it on their way to prison they got one last look at Venice, and would sigh with sadness.

Gondolas are too expensive for me to ride, but taking pictures is free.

This is what Venice looks like at night (if you're looking through a decorated shop window at a Christmas scene inside).

A lot of the buildings along the main canal need renovation. so when they put scaffolding up, companies pay to have pictures of the building's facade printed on the scaffolding. It really makes the city look better.

The breakfast room of my hostel in Venice

Some steps in my hostel

Me on a waterbus on the Grand Canal

Me in front of St. Mark's. This trip marked the first time I used the tripod Tim brought with him from home. I don't think Tim used it at all.

St. Mark's again

San Giorgio Maggiore. It was closed when I tried to visit, but it still looks cool.

These masks were too expensive to buy, so I just took a picture.

I did lots of other stuff in Venice too, but I really need to study for an exam now. I'll show you more pictures when I get home.


Blogger Nina Liakos said...

Beautiful photos. They remind me of my trip to Venice in 1990. I hope it survives for a long time to come.

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Thomas said...

I seem to recall learning that back in the day (before local rites were suppressed in the West), the Doge some sort of special role in the liturgy in the Venice Rite. Maybe that would sweeten the deal if you are considering a career of doge-hood.

I'd have to check to be sure, but I think "doge" must be cognate with "duke" through a common source in the Latin "dux, ducis." Try saying "il duce" a few times with the right accent and you'll probably see what I see.

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