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.