On the 7th day, our cruise ship returned to the port of embarkation, Venice, early in the day. In order to seize this day, we had to ditch our heavy luggage. Fortunately, our friends' hotel was a stone's throw away from Piazzale Roma. while the check-in was not until later that day, the front desk allowed us to leave our luggage with them while we go and see Venice on a beautiful blue sky day.
The day was meant for sightseeing, for being a tourist in Venice and we enjoyed every bit of it.
ST. MARK'S SQUARE AND THE CAMPANILE
The line to St. Mark's Basilica was kilometric, that whatever aspirations I had vanished at the sight of the queue. Thinking that there might be chance later on to get inside the basilica, we opted to go up the Campanile first. For a small fee (I believe less than 10 euros), you get to ascend via the elevator to the top. The views from up there are incredible. The sight of red roofs everywhere in my mind is quintessential European sight.
Crowding in front of the basilica, there's a line somewhere.
And the views from up there.......
When we were up there, the bells rang. Really loud. I was glad for it.
Back down, we bravely ventured into St. Mark's Square and it's like a market place. People talking, posing, taking selfies, but you can tell everyone's happy.
POUNDING THE PAVEMENT
Leaving the square we ventured deeper into the alleys - window-shopping and admiring the architecture.
Since we were playing our tourist role to the hilt, why not do the quintessential tourist thing in Venice and ride the gondola? Split four-ways the price was reasonable and doable. Upon hopping on the very shaky gondola, I asked if the gondolier would burst out into a romantic song. His reply? Only in the movies, only in the movies. The ride was over too soon I thought, but we did go into smaller canals that you wouldn't otherwise see unless you take the tour.
By the time we completed all these, it was check-in time for our friends.
OUR WORLD TUESDAY