I think that everybody in our civilized world has at least heard about Venice in Italy and its incredible beauty. I won't bother you with history which you can read in the above link and I won't show you either the photos of Venice you usualy see in all books, my intention is to show you how I saw Venice.
Once the car parked on the 8th floor I had a wonderful view over Venice
no cars are allowed in the center of Venice and even if it would be there is no space for a car, so everything is done by boat.
The "bus" boat took us to the Piazza San Marco (St. Marks square) , which is the most famous one in Venice.
on the way to the place
As you can see everything which would be transported by truck in a "normal" city, here boats are used.
A "Gondoliere" and behind a boat loaded with parcels.
some cement is needed somewhere
a little chat
A Gondola, but a very simple one
here you see a simple Gondola, which is less expensive. The once with beautiful decorations ask you at least 30 € per person !
Not only people on holidays, others have to work
Don't know what kind of boat this was
taxis besides the bridge
The Piazza San Marco full of tourists. Here you can pay up to 15 € for one cup of coffee !
Lots and lots of tourists from all over the world
I just took this beautiful fresco over the entrance of the St. Mark's Basilica. I didn't go inside, my son did, I had seen it already.
and here you should see "The Leads” which was the famous prison attached to the Doge's palace, across the Bridge of Sighs, named for the thick lead plates on the roof. In here Casanova was sentenced to five years in the “unescapable” prison. Unfortunately besides the bridge you couldn't see anything else. The whole building was covered by an advertising from "Sisley" !
I found it a real pity, but apparently this company pays for the renovation of the palace. Venice needs a lot of money to keep all these historical monuments in a good shape.
there were lots of other companies who did the same.
little canals leading through the city
In a little side street we found a nice place to have a drink
That's also Venice
I didn't take pictures of us and the pigeons on the Piazza San Marco, I prefered a smaller place and this little man.
A carnival outfit and masks
We ate in this little restaurant, where the food was excellent and not expensive at all (13 €) for a whole menu. There are lots of them in the little side streets.
and then we took the "bus" boat back to our parking. My son lines up for the ticket (the tallest one)
and we left Venice