To Venice – June 10 & 11, 2012 – By Natalia

We spent June 10th driving from Scilly back to inland Italy.  Our next destination is Venice.

We finally arrived in Venice on June 11th.  It took us  longer to get to Venice than expected, but it was worth the wait.  We parked our car on the mainland and made our way to the ticket booth for the Grand Canal. We bought tickets for  the forty minute scenic ride to St. Marks square. Of course we had to get pictures of every single waterfront house on the Grand Canal!

The Canal

The water homes

Riding in gondolas

The Canal

on the canal

on the water

I’ll take it


When we reached St. Marks square, the ” Drawing room of Europe”, we soaked in the magical lampposts, towers, cafes, and bands.

Lamp Posts

St. Mark’s Square

St. Mark’s Square

St. Mark’s Square

It didn’t take long to meet a group of pigeons in St. Mark’s square which either really liked popcorn or tourists.  Anyway we had an amazing time coaxing the pigeons onto our arms, and then trying to persuade them to fly away!



More pigeons

And more pigeons

Once the pigeons found a new group of tourists with more popcorn we escaped to explore the glass, stationary, and other  shops along the canal.

Blown Glass Store

Glass Candy


Venetian Carnival Store

Venice Candy Shop


We even found the same restaurant that Mom and Dad visited during their honeymoon:)  After  dinner we walked back to St. Mark’s square.

A sign we did not see during the day

It was almost midnight, so dancing masked couples replaced the pigeons.  Classical music filled the air as street quartets played outside the local cafes. We got gelato and sat admiring the whole picture!

Venice at Night

It was so amazing that we lost track of time, and literally had to  run back to the boat. Fortunately the boats ran all night, but if there was no boat back to the shore,  I want to be stranded in St. Mark’s Square!

2 thoughts on “To Venice – June 10 & 11, 2012 – By Natalia

  1. Natalia, your Venice blog made my day! I love Venice and I’m so envious of this extraordinary experience you’re having with your dad and brothers! It’s totally awesome! The pictures are incredible and I love love love seeing and reading about this adventure!


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