Bridge of Sighs
Continuing Countdown to Italy 2012, I thought I would share a few pics from 2006.
Venice is a very beautiful city. We were surprised to see a lot graffiti in different
places, but that still didn’t affect its beauty. We stayed 3 nights, and it was bright and sunny
every day. A highlight of the trip includes discovering gnocci. Now I make it all the time!
Watching a glass-blowing demonstration on the island of Murano, where I bought my still
favorite earrings, going to the Venice film festival (but didn’t see anyone famous), and taking
a cruise down the Grand Canal. Now being in Venice, they say you should take a gondola ride.
We didn’t. It was really expensive, and just riding boats down the Grand Canal, and to other islands
was enough for us. One of the famous bridges in Venice include the Bridge of Sighs, which was
built in 1602. It connects the prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace. They say
prisoners passing over the bridge on their way to lock-up would sigh, knowing it was the last
time they would see the beautiful sights of Venice. One of the things that really helped me
appreciate the beauty and history of Venice was reading a book by John Berendt, called
The City of Falling Angels. He also wrote Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. He lived
there for 10 years and really got to know people in the city, which the characters in his book
are based on. I highly recommend a trip to Venice. It is truly a unique city.
- St. Mark’s right before sunrise
- St. Mark’s at night
- La Fenice Opera House
- laundry day