If I had a month of Sundays – it wouldn’t be enough to explore all that there is to see in Venice.
Oh, sure – there is the usual “Very High End” shopping districts down quite a few of the narrow alleys in the main areas around St Mark’s square –and we would shake our heads as we walked past mostly empty store fronts with 1,500.00 euro Gucci bags in the windows…evidently the finer folks that can afford these things were not in Venice the two days that we were in port. But the street vendor kiosks were busy!
Getting up on the top deck bright and early and watching the sun rise over sleepy Venice was a magical moment. I love my early mornings. And this one was glorious!
Water shuttle back to town!
The big domed church is Santa Maria della Salute, or yes, another Saint Mary of Health, a church by the same name of the little one we hiked up to in Kotor, Montenegro. I was on a pilgrimage to get to this church this day, but before we could we had a gondola excursion to deal with!
In 1630, Venice experienced an unusually devastating outbreak of the plague. As a votive offering for the city's deliverance from the pestilence, the Republic of Venice vowed to build and dedicate a church to Our Lady of Health (or of Deliverance, Italian: Salute). The church was designed in the then fashionable baroque style by Baldassare Longhena, who studied under the architect Vincenzo Scamozzi. Construction began in 1631. Most of the objects of art housed in the church bear references to the Black Death. [source]
More on St Mary’s in the Slide show.
On to the gondolas!
This was fun!
The gondolas are all hand crafted as they have been for centuries, and each will only fit 6 passengers, and it must be balanced so as not to tip in the water. The gondolier will tell you WHERE to sit to balance the load!
Here we go!
I caught a bit of a video to give you the feel of what this is like! Did our guy sing? No….but you can pay a fortune more for one that WILL serenade you as you float along through the canals. I got a video clip of that too—will upload at a later date as the upload speed on the ship is pretty pokey as it is.
I enjoyed the tour!
After the gondola tour we found out how to get over the Grand Canal by one of the 4 bridges that cross it, and make our way over to St Mary’s. We didn’t go into St Mark’s because the line was hours long, and no photos were allowed inside. I stuck mostly to places where I could take photos to share.
Priceless! Dated 1600s! and 1700s!
Once church was being used to house a violin and stringed instrument exhibit! These were absolutely beautiful and while we wandered, lovely Vivaldi music was playing in the background. In fact, there was a concert scheduled for that night that was free to the public, but it was at 8:30pm and we had to be back on ship by then. Oh, I wanted to stay for that concert so bad! You’ll find more instruments in the slide show. Remember you can pause it at any time to see anything a bit longer. And you can also click it to full screen mode.
Yesterday’s Croatia experience will post tomorrow!
Today we are at sea for our last full day workshop day. Some of our ladies have already finished the applique on all 4 Spanish Rose blocks….they are loving their projects and that makes me one happy quilter!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
These quilty folks and others we have met on this fabulous cruise make me feel just this way! It’s an awesome experience, and there is so much more yet to come.
Vintage bow tie quilt top from my collection.
Have a lovely Thursday, everyone!