S: Mediterranean Cruise Volume one " Venice" May 2011
BC: Thank you mom for taking us on a trip of a life time, we love you.
FC: Venice | May 2011
1: Venice is built on a patchwork of more than 100 low-lying islands in the middle of a swampy lagoon.To overcome these extremely challenging conditions, early Venetian builders evolved construction techniques unique to the city, building with impermeable stone supported by larchwood rafts and timber piles. This method proved effective and most Venetian buildings are remarkably robust, many having stood for at least 400 years. By 1500 the city had taken on much of its present shape and only since the 20th century has further building begun to alter the outline.
2: Our Journey begins May 25, 2011
5: Day one - we arrived at the MarcoPolo airport. Since the only way to travel through Venice is by foot or water, we had a water taxi waiting to take us to our hotel. For first time visitors to Venice All I can is.......
11: Basilica San Marco
12: Piazza San Marco
14: Inside the Basilica San Marco St.Mark's final resting place
16: Torre dell Orologio Built in the late 15th century
17: The Lion of St.Mark
18: Rialto Bridge
19: Antonio da Ponte was commission to build the Rialto Bridge in 1588. It was the only means of crossing the Grand Canal by foot until 1854.
21: The Grand Canal
34: We spent our 2nd day in Venice exploring a few of the Lagoon Islands.
35: Our first stop was the island of Murano. Murano has been the center of the glass making industry since 1291.
37: Our next stop was the island of Burano | Burano is known for its lace and brightly painted homes.
40: Our final stop before heading back to Venice is the island of Torcello.
41: Established between the 5th and 6th centuries Torcello reached the population of 20,000. But with the rise of Venice the island went into decline. Today the population is just 60.
42: Church of Santa Fosca
43: The present basilica dates from 1008, but includes many features that date back to the 1st 7th century church. The Basilica is the oldest building in the lagoon.
48: Bridge of Sighs
52: The Venetians have come to theRialto market to buy fresh produce and seafood for hundreds of years.
55: Top left San Stae built in 1709 Above, San Moise completed in 1668.
56: Day 3 It is time to catch our water taxi to the port were we will board our new home for the next 10 days. We will be leaving Venice in the early morning.
59: Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo best known for the external stairway was built in the 15th century
60: Our last look onto
61: the Grand Canal
62: The Ruby Princess