Saturday, June 18, 2011

Travel Destination: Venice, Italy

Happy Weekend! :D

I hope you are all having a fabulous one!

A few days ago, I made a post about The Tourist, and I mentioned how much I wanted to go to Venice... I haven't made a Travel Destination post in a while, and hey, it's the weekend so why not take a tour of Venice with me? :)

Okay, the first thing we're gonna do: ride a gondola! As tempting as the gondolas are in Las Vegas' Venetian Hotel, there is no doubt in my mind that they are nothing compared to the real thing, haha. ;)

Gondola on canal in San Marco district.

So, we are riding a gondola!

Gondolas on Bacino Orseolo.
gondolas on Bacino Orseolo

Venetian gondolas.
Venetian gondolas

After our gondola ride, we are going to eat gelato! :D

Ice cream on display in gelateria.

Alfresco diners on bank of Grand Canal near Rialto Bridge.

Then we can find a restaurant on the bank of the Grand Canal near Rialto Bridge.

Or head over to Piazza San Marco, walk around, take pictures, and eat!

Waiter and doorman at door of Caffe Florian on Saint Marks Square (Piazza San Marco).
Cafe Florian

Caffe Florian on Piazza San Marco.
Cafe Florian on Piazza San Marco

A green grocer sells wares from a 'peata', a type canal boat, on Rio di San Barnaba, Dorsodura.

We can also buy food from this floating green grocer - how fun! :)

Costumed and masked carnival participants.
Carnival participants

Display, Ca' Macana Carnival mask and costume shop.
Ca'Macana Carnival mask

Pedestrians on Rio della Sensa, Cannaregio.

Let's take a stroll on Rio della Sensa.

Man walking near gondola, classic Venician scene.

Walk around some more or ride a gondola again?

Popular with many folks is the beach at Lido di Jesolo, east of Venice

Beach, anyone? Let's go to Lido di Jesolo beach, east of Venice.

Rowing in lagoon near the Lido.

Watch the sunset while rowing in a lagoon near the Lido.

Artist painting at Pescaria market.

We can observe an artist painting at Pescaria market or visit many of Venice's art museums.

Visitors watching a Gorky's painting in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Feeding pigeons in St Mark's Square.

Another thing on our list: feed pigeons at St. Mark's Square!

Bucintoro Galleon leading the Historical Regatta pageant in Grand Canal.
Bucintoro Galleon leading the Historical Regatta pageant in Grand Canal

Ponte dell'Academia in Campo San Vidal.
Ponte dell'Academia in Campo San Vidal

San Marco across canal with gondolas in foreground.
San Marco across the Canal

*Sigh* Absolutely beautiful!

Reflections of Burano, a small island known for its lace industry in Venice

How cool is this photo?!

Streets and canals of Venice.

Inside a shop selling venetian glass - Venezia, The Veneto

If you feel like buying souvenirs, we can go check out this store that sells Venetian glass. :)

And we can walk around some more to take in beautiful Venice.

Details of the Gothic Palazzo Ducale, Piazza San Marco was once home to the duke ( doge ) and also housed all the arms of government and prisons.
Gothic Palazzo Ducale

Views of the Castello area from the belfry of Chiesa de San Giorgio Maggiore.
view of Castello from Chiesa di San Giorgio Maggiore

Venice rooftops seen from Campanile tower.
view from Campanille Tower

Piazzetta San Marco from terrace of Basilica di San Marco.
view of Piazza San Marco from Basilica di San Marco

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That's about it for our little weekend trip to Venice. I hope you guys had fun! :)

Have you been to Venice? Any travel tips for us? :D

I wish you all a wonderful weekend! :)

P.S. My $100 Shopbop gift card giveaway ends tonight! Enter here.

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