European Vacation – Venice – Day 2

We headed into Venice in the morning where we had to get into a long lineup to park the car.  We finally found a spot and the very helpful attended practically pushed us into it.

As we were leaving the garage, we were approached for someone asking if we wanted to go on a gondola ride to go downtown.  We were doubtful at first, but finally agreed.  A gondola ride was on our list of things to do there, but we expected that we would book something once we got downtown.

We really enjoyed the ride.  Our gondolier took us down some very skinny canals, but he was singing and it was just a fun ride.  He let us out at a glass factory near the main square.  We got a little nervous again then, since it was a staircase leading up from the canal, but it was all ok and it was a very nice place to wander through.  We didn’t buy anything though.

The ride was probably quite expensive – I didn’t make a note of the price – but it likely would have cost more if we had gone with one of the ones booked downtown.

We headed over to St. Marks Cathedral, but we were not allowed in unless our shoulders were covered.  We were all wearing halter tops and hadn’t brought anything with us to cover up, so we couldn’t go in.  I wrote that we were thrown out, but I think they just asked us to leave.

We looked around a little more, then had some lunch and took a vaporetta back to where we had left the car.  That was when I finally realized the reason we had to park the car was that cars were not allowed into the city.  All transportation is done by boat, walking or bicycles.   I hadn’t known that before and wasn’t sure why we had to park in the parking garage.

Our parking lot friend was still nearby when we got the car, so we waved good-bye to him and headed back to the tent.  We spent the afternoon relaxing in the sun.

Today we have gondola pictures and pictures from the gondola.

Rialto Bridge in Venice
Rialto Bridge in Venice

In order to get from one narrow canal to the next narrow canal, we did have to get onto the Grand Canal and that is when we saw the Rialto Bridge.  The water was very rough on this canal.

 Grand Canal
Grand Canal
Gondalier
Gondalier

Karen and I are supposed to be in this picture too – but at least you can see parts of our heads.  I’ve had a couple of comments about not being in any of the pictures.

Gondalier
Gondalier

Karen and Alvena with the Gondalier.

Today is June 27, 1975.