Canals, Bridges and Gondolas! - Venice, Italy - APril 15-18, 2014
Above and Below: Views outside the train station in Venice of the Grand Canal! It is the most beautiful city in the world, honestly!
Above and Below: Gorgeous views of the Grand Canal in Venice!
Above and Below: Walking through Venice up and down bridges! There are a total of 420 bridges on the little island of Venice! It is exactly as they depict it in the movies and such!
Above: Walking through the streets and canals of Venice!
Below: This was the best pizza place I have encountered on all my journey through Italy! Too bad Venice had so many narrow twists and passage ways that I wasn't able to find it the second day to go back! LOL.
Above: Lovely buildings in the Piazza leading to Rialto Bridge!
Below: Views across the Grand Canal!
Above: Climbing the steps of Rialto Bridge which is the most famous in all of Venice!
Below: Views from the bridge looking over the Grand Canal!
Above and Below: Views of the Grand Canal which is the main hub of the city of Venice! You can see it's beauty but even the pictures don't do it justice with how amazing it actually is!
Above: The Disney store was playing up the symbol of Venice by putting Mickey as a Gondolier!
Below: San Marco is the biggest square and most beautiful building in all of Venice!
Above and Below: Piazza San Marco in Venice! It is stunning all around!
Above and Below: The stunning San Marco! It was really gorgeous and the architecture was like nothing you have ever seen before!
Above and Below: Views of the Grand Canal from one of the bridges by San Marco!
Above: Shopping on Rialto Bridge where the shops hang off the side of the Bridge! Fun Fact: There are no cars, no vespas, or no bicycles allowed, by law, on the island of Venice!
Below: Me and my Gelato! This was stracciatella (which is like chocolate chip and the original flavour of gelato) with lemon and tripe berry! So unreal with how good it all was!
Above: I feel this was my iconic photo of my trip to Venice and maybe even Italy on a whole. Eating gelato by the Grand Canal while seeing gondolas parked and passing by.
Below: Sights of Gondolas! It really never got old to see and was just a constant reminder that I was in Venice!
Above: A view of Rialto Bridge which is an icon in Venice!
Below: A trail of Gondolas going under the many bridges in Venice! Some are so low the gondoliers need to duck quite a bit to fit under them!
Above: One of the statutes seen around Venice! You can just see a glimpse of the beauty the city had! It was made even more beautiful with the sunshine and cloudless skies above!
Below: The mobile home where we stayed on the mainland at Fusina which was a 20 minute water bus (yes you read that right, water bus) ride away from the island of Venice! It was neat to see things up and along the water to get back and forth from the island of Venice! It was easier than expected to get to and from the campsite called Camping Fusina!
Above: The pizzeria restaurant at the campsite where we had dinner! It was actually super yummy and neat because you could see them making your pizza fresh and right there in front of you!
Below: My pizza with ham, sauce, and mozzarella! I ate so much pizza in Venice, and all my trip of Italy and I am not ashamed. I fit in as much good food as I could while here because I know nothing will ever compare to those meals I ate in Italy!
Above and Below: Taking a walk around the campsite was one of the prettiest walks! There was wonderful skylines and views!
Above: Views from Fusina to see Venice in the distance!
Below: Me enjoying the weather in Venice!
Above and Below: Arriving at Fusina the first night!
Above and Below: Fusina, part of the mainland, had much character and charm to it just as Venice, the island, did!
Above: Lovely skies!
Below: Arriving at the island of Venice for day two on the island!
Above and Below: The first glimpse of Burano island!
Above and Below: I told you they had bright coloured houses!
Above and Below: Even the Bell Tower on the island of Burano is leaning! These crazy Italians! LOL.
Above and Below: Lovely walking about the island! Always something to see!
Above: Views of Venice from our tour boat!
Below: Gondola parking!
Above and Below: Venice is so stunning!
Above and Below: The views of the Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge! It is beyond gorgeous!
Above and Below: Sightseeing around Venice was full of beauty!
Above: Look that the gondolier go! LOL.
Below: Beautiful buildings all over Venice!
Above and Below: Sightseeing around the streets of Venice!
Above: Gondola Selfie! Can you tell I was too excited for this!
Below: Views from our gondola!
Above and Below: Views from the gondola in the canals! Words cannot express the amazement and beauty there was on this!
Above and Below: I really enjoyed this gondola ride!
Above and Below: On board a Gondola!
Above and Below: Views from the Gondola!
Above: Our gondolier! I even got a hoodie like he has on!
Below: Gorgeous buildings lining the Grand Canal!
Above and Below: Views from the gondola while we were on the Grand Canal!
Above and Below: The best calzones/panzarrotti's in the entire world!
Above and Below: There had to be one last hurrah and big cone of gelato before heading back to the campsite one last night and saying goodbye to Venice! Mine is the above which I had coconut, pineapple and M&M! HEAVEN in a CONE!
Above: One of the church's found in Venice!
Below: Sunset to end a perfect trip to Italy and of course Venice!
Above and Below: Beautiful views all over Venice and Fusina!
Above and Below: The lovely San Marco!
Above and Below: Piazza San Marco!
Above and Below: GONDOLAS! They were used at the main means of transport back in the early days of Venice when there were no bridges to cross from little island to island that made up Venice but now there are bridges so you can walk around. Now they are used as main tourists attractions and a symbol of Venice!
Above: Lovely gondola parking! LOL!
Below: Walking by San Marco!
Above: Water boat service 16 from Zattere (stop on the island of Venice) to Fusina where we were staying!
Below: Fusina was beautiful too!
Above and Below: The sun began to set just as we got to the campsite and it was gorgeous!
Above and Below: The clouds and the sky were stunning.
Above and Below: The views were breathtaking everywhere you went.
Above and Below: Beautiful views walking to the campsite!
Above and Below: Boarding and departing to the islands tour! The tour took us on a water boat to the islands of Murano, Torcello, and Burano!
Above and Below: The views from the boat on the way to the islands!
Above: The mountains were gorgeous to look at while we made our way to the first Island of Murano!
Below: Murano island is famous for glass making. As part of the tour we got to see a demonstration of a family who owns a glass making business. It was unreal to see!
Above and Below: This man was making a hallow glass vase! You can see it in the picture below! It was such a quick process and it came out so beautiful!
Above: The vase is being made!
Below: This man was making a horse statue!
Above and Below: The glass horse being made!
Above: The finished product!
Below: The shops and houses on the island of Murano!
Above and Below: Waiting for our boat to depart from Murano to go to the next island of Torcello.
Above: This was our very colourful tour boat!
Below: This was the glass factory we got to see a demonstration in!
Above and Below: Torcello is famous for it's old churches.
Above and Below: The lovely river that went through Torcello island!
Above: Torcello was a good stop for a gelato break too! This one was cherry on top and a hazelnut type one on the bottom!
Below: The island of Torcello!
Above: Getting ready to depart for the last of the three islands!
Below: The first glimpse of Burano! Burano is famous for lace making which is a special pattern famous around Italy. Also, as you can get a glimpse of - the houses are of bright colours. This is a famous Italian artist who painted these houses and by the law of the island, you are not allowed to change the original paint colour of your home. It was one colourful island!
Above and Below: The first impression alone already made me fall in love with this cute little island!
Above and Below: The lovely island of Burano!
Above and Below: So many fun colours!
Above and Below: The colours fascinated me!
Above: My very yummy cookie from a bakery on the island of Burano!
Below: Beautiful coloured houses on Burano island!
Above and Below: The houses of Burano!
Above: Gondolas were parked everywhere!
Below: Lovely architecture around the island of Venice!
Above and Below: Views around Venice!
Above and Below: Sightseeing on our walking tour before the Gondola ride!
Above: Architecture is so stunning!
Below: The only outdoor staircase around Venice that was once home to some very wealthily Venetians!
Above and Below: On board the Gondola ride to tour the Grand Canal! The boat was beautiful and so iconic but I was constantly worried I was going to fall in the water!
Above and Below: The gondola is designed to lean to one side but it did make me a bit paranoid! LOL.
Above and Below: Gondola ride! It is so a Venice thing!
Above and Below: Gondola time!
Above and Below: Cruising the Grand Canal!
Above and Below: Gondolas everywhere you looked!
Above and Below: Venice is a stunning place to visit!
Above and Below: Narrow canals are iconic to Venice!
Above: Serious gondola pile up! LOL.
Below: Italian band playing at one of the restaurants in St Mark's Square!
Above and Below: Sunset from the boat leading back to Fusina. It didn't get much of a better ending than this!
Above and Below: It was breathtaking!
Above: One last sunset picture to end the trip!