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Category Archives: Italy

St Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace

(some fun snaps using an old lens on my full frame camera. hence, the funky boarders) Piazza Saint Marco is the central public square in Venice and where you’ll find St Mark’s basilica and the Doge’s palace. Most of ancient Venice’s important buildings and monuments are located in this main area, including the library, mint, […]

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Glass Blowing Demonstration, Italy

Murano Glass While in Venice, I attended a glass blowing demonstration. The city and especially neighboring island Murano are known for intricate glass work. We watched as the craftsman first blew a vase out of clear hot melted glass and then melted it down to reshape into a horse figurine. Glassblowing involves inflating a molten […]

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Giudecca, Venice

Giudecca Venice’s central islands are the uncontested main attraction to visitors in the Venetian lagoon. Giudecca is a smaller, predominantly residential island in the sestiere (borough) directly south of the central islands and much quieter for it. In ancient times, the island was known as the Spinalunga, or Long Thorn, perhaps for its curved sickle like […]

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Arriving to Venice via Water Taxi

Smooth Sailing Venice is easily accessible via northern Croatia so I made a last pit stop to Italy. The “city” is really a collection of 118 islands and must be navigated via water taxi, which is a really unique experience. It was fun taking water taxis to and from the various islands during my short […]

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