Istanbul: A City of Contrasts

Hotel Sultania

Hotel Sultania

There are so many planes landing in Istanbul, resulting in not enough gates for them to pull up to. This is the hub between Europe and the Middle East. The workers roll metal stairs to the plane’s exits and down you step; just like in the old movies! A bus awaits to whisk you off to the terminal. Getting a cab to the hotel I was pleasantly surprised to see gardens and gardens of ornately designed floral sculptures; bright contrasting swirls of color in bright poppy reds, pure white, and glossy greens. They were the “Whirling Dervishes” of the landscape and I wondered about the work that went into maintaining them. I couldn’t take pictures that would be any good, through the cab’s window, but vowed I would take pictures of them before I left Istanbul! Istanbul is a contrast and mix of old world and modern, european and middle eastern. I was fascinated with the sights along the way!

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

A Glimpse of the Old and New, Istanbul, Turkey

A Glimpse of the Old and New, Istanbul, Turkey

Entering Old Town the cab drivers wait two seconds before they start blowing their horns for the traffic to move! We would later learn that when the traffic is excessive, cabbies refuse to pick up passengers in this area, because they are stuck and not able to move at all. As we got to the vicinity of our hotel we stopped on a narrow, crowded street that our hotel was not located on, and told this was our stop. I was doubtful, until a bellman, opened our cab door, quickly took our luggage and said, “follow me.”  We walked down a cobbled street, turned left, where old men sat in an alcove smoking and talking, and scurried after our bellman to the Hotel Sultania; located at the corner of two intersecting lanes that were pedestrian only.

Hotel Sultania, Istanbul, Turkey

Hotel Sultania, Istanbul, Turkey

The Tiny Corner Intersection of Hotel Sultania, Istanbul, Turkey

The Tiny Corner Intersection of Hotel Sultania, Istanbul, Turkey

The Cross Street of  Hotel Sultania, Istanbul, Turkey

The Cross Street of Hotel Sultania, Istanbul, Turkey

A Look at Hotel Sultania, Istanbul, Turkey

A Look at Old Town, Istanbul, Turkey

Here we are in walking distance to Hagia Sophia; a church and mosque museum, the Blue Mosque, and the Topkapi Palace: all in the Sultanahmet Area. The streets are a mixture of old world and new, with elegant restaurants, hotels and shopping, scattered among alcoves of old brick ovens manned by bakers providing a bubbly flatbread and shops of carpet/rug lined sitting areas, where the guests smoke hookahs. Men outside the restaurants and establishments, encourage, intimidate, aggressively pursue you to try their wares. It is so alive!  Oh, this is going to be fun!!

Entering the Hotel Sultania, we were warmly greeted at the concierge desk and and made aware of the popular attractions and local events that will be occurring during Ramadan.

Hotel Sultania, Istanbul, Turkey

Hotel Sultania, Istanbul, Turkey

We were told some places may be closed during the day, but at night the city comes to life, especially at Gülhane Park, where there will be partying after dark. We were shown the indoor/ outdoor breakfast room at one end of the lobby and a rooftop restaurant, one of the best in the city, not to be missed. Then taking another elevator, we were lead to our room. Oh my! I have been in several hotels in Europe, but this was one of the most opulent, depicting a room fit for one of the Sultan’s wives.

The Olga Hatun Room, Hotel Sultania, Istanbul, Turkey

The Olga Hatun Room, Hotel Sultania, Istanbul, Turkey

Our room was named after Olga Hatun, seventeen year old wife to Sultan Bayezid, also known as Thunderbolt. The room was huge with a terrace overlooking the old city and the Bosphorus Strait. HOWEVER, best of all was the extra large, marbled bathroom and a shower that would easily fit four people!

Hotel Sultania, Istanbul, Turkey

Hotel Sultania, Istanbul, Turkey

The Turkish Delight Candy and a Note about Olga Hatun, Hotel Sultania, Istanbul, Turkey

A Tin of Turkish Delight Candy and a Parchment Note about Olga Hatun, Hotel Sultania, Istanbul, Turkey

All the Amenities, Hotel Sultania, Istanbul, Turkey

All the Amenities, Hotel Sultania, Istanbul, Turkey ( The Mirror is a Flat Screen TV, Don’t Ask Me How This is Done!)

Marble Everywhere!, Hotel Sultania, Istanbul, Turkey

Marble Everywhere!, Hotel Sultania, Istanbul, Turkey

A Square Toilet? Hotel Sultainia, Istanbul, Turkey

A Square Toilet? Hotel Sultainia, Istanbul, Turkey

Unbelievable! After settling in we couldn’t wait to explore our new surroundings!

The Hatay Restaurant, Istanbul, Turkey

The New Hatay Restaurant, Istanbul, Turkey

 

The Hatay Restaurant, Istanbul, Turkey

The New Hatay Restaurant, Istanbul, Turkey

The New Hatay Restaurant is an outdoor restaurant right outside our hotel.  The hosts, stand outside the restaurant, and pull everyone aside, who will listen, to encourage you to look at their menu and food.  I was enthralled with the bread!  Men brought the combination puffy/flat bread from a brick oven nearby that had a line of patrons waiting for the fresh, scorched bread. Then there was the food, so colorful, so exotic looking! And they served wine! Need I say more? We had to try this place first ! A good way to end our first day! Enjoy!

The Bread! Hatay Restaurant, Istanbul, Turkey

The Bread! Hatay Restaurant, Istanbul, Turkey

The Food! Hatay Restaurant, Istanbul, Turkey

The Food! Hatay Restaurant, Istanbul, Turkey

The Color! Hatay Restaurant, Istanbul, Turkey

The Color! Hatay Restaurant, Istanbul, Turkey

The Color! Hatay Restaurant, Istanbul, Turkey

More Color! Hatay Restaurant, Istanbul, Turkey

The Food! Hatay Restaurant, Istanbul, Turkey

Fresh Fish! Hatay Restaurant, Istanbul, Turkey

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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

There are cruises from Venice, Italy to Istanbul, Turkey.  Many of the guests at the Locanda Orseola in Venice were taking a ship to Istanbul.  This comparison of ships gives you an idea of how HUGE the cruise ships can be! Enjoy!

Get To Istanbul by Cruise Ship!

Get To Istanbul by Cruise Ship!

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A Word a Week: Public Transportation

Instead of sitting on a bench, plop down on your favorite toadstool at the bus stops in Istanbul, Turkey!

Toad Stools at Bus Stops, Istanbul, Turkey

Toad Stools at Bus Stops, Istanbul, Turkey

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure

Where will your adventure begin? We’re in Istanbul! Enjoy!

Adventure in Istanbul, Turkey

Adventure in Istanbul, Turkey

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Can I Really Leave Venice Without Getting in a Gondola?

My Ride is Here!

My Ride is Here!

Everyday SB and I  walked along the sidewalk to the large area of gondolas moored in front of the Hard Rock Cafe. There was always a snaking line of excited tourists waiting for the black shiny boats, cameras ready, clicking away, while the gondolier decided who would ride in what boat. I studied the approach to the gondola like an eagle. Walk down the wide, but short, steps to the gondola. Safe. Take the hand of the sidewalk gondolier. Safe. Place one foot in the gondola and take a little leap. Scary. Release hand of sidewalk gondolier. Scary. Walk carefully to the spot you want to sit in. Most scary. Sit. Next person!

I am not good in rowboats or kayaks. I tip them over. I fall out. I can’t get back in when I do fall out. I have been known to get my feet stuck in the mud and not be able to move after falling out of a kayak in shallow water.  An eighty something woman came to assist me for God’s sake! But, I want to ride in one of those gondolas! I have studied them daily for over a week. I can do this! But, let’s do it at night after 6pm when the crowds are gone and no one can see my anxiety or if I actually fall into the canal!

My evening arrives.

I walk down the steps. Good so far! I take the hand of the gondolier as SB tells him how long a ride we want. Good so far! I clutch the camera and leap. Oh, I didn’t fall!!!!!! Terrific! I walk gingerly to my seat and take a deep breath. I am over joyed! I settle in to enjoy and experience the view from the gondola! Won’t you join me at gondola level?

On Our Way!

On Our Way!

Smooth Ride Past the Eateries!

Smooth Ride Past the Eateries!

Swoosh,  Swoosh, Slide

Swoosh, Swoosh, Slide

Oh, how I loved riding in that gondola! At the corners of buildings there was shouting from other gondoliers so we wouldn’t all get to the same spot at once. I could look up at the windows of the casa and imagine mama in her black crepe dress and rolled down stockings, sitting down in the candlelit dining room to a dinner of pasta de mer, wine, and bread.  Of course, she was waiting on and fussing over her son, because he still lived with her at 40.

The Softest of Color Everywhere!

Is Mama up There?

How About Here?

How About Here?

We rounded the bend and made the pass through the Grande Canal and I marveled at the muted, soft colors that kissed the buildings goodnight and tucked them in as the sun began to sink. I was relaxed and thought this possibly one of the most romantic trysts.

Out into the Grand Canal!

Out into the Grand Canal!

Duck Tails in a Row

Duck Tails in a Row

So Much Color!

So Much Color!

The Fancy Gardens at Canal Level!

The Fancy Gardens at Canal Level!

The Courthouse!

The Courthouse!

The Vaporatto Bringing Tourists to Venice

The Vaporatto Taking Tourists to Venice

And then it was time to get out of the boat. The gondolier pulled up to a different set of stairs. Why weren’t we at the place we started from; the nice easy low steps? I looked at the sidewalk gondolier and he looked at me. Oh dear, he didn’t look very sturdy! I stood up and walked to the end of the gondola. Good. I placed one foot on the steep step and one hand in the gondolier’s outstretched one. Good. The gondola slipped away from the docking area and I was doing the splits, one leg on land, the other in the boat! Oh, Oh, Oooooooh!!!!!!  The boat gondolier was frantically trying to get the boat back to the dock. Oh, Ooooooh, Oh! SB was trying to shove my fanny up to the landing.  Ooooooh, Oh, Oh! The sidewalk gondolier was holding on to me for dear life! Oooooooooh! Suddenly, another body grabbed my free arm and whipped me to the pavement! Oh, I could have cried!  I tried not to get hysterical! I laughed trying not to cause more of a scene than I already had.  Another gondolier saw my predicament and had rushed to rescue me. I had no idea where he came from. He wasn’t there when we docked. “You can swim right? No problem!” he laughed.  “Yes, no problem,” I repeated.

So ended my adventure on the canals of Venice, I thought.

On the last evening of our stay the concierge, at Locanda Orseolo, asked if we would mind sharing a boat taxi with another couple, who were leaving the next morning as we were. We didn’t have any problem with that and the next morning there was the couple we had seen several times in the breakfast room. I had watched them in disbelief, when  they checked in with eight suitcases, the bigs ones overstuffed and held together with packing tape, and wondered just where they were traveling to and for how long. Now I watched as their luggage was hoisted down into a speed boat docked at the tiny half door, at the back of the hotel. Did we have to get in the boat that way too? Oh my God! Can I duck down, bend, AND step into the boat? All at the same time? Without falling in the drink? Could the other couple do this? They looked eighty five and frail! Oh my God! Rose looked at me and I knew she was thinking the same thing. “We can do this Rose, I’ll go first,” I tried to look confident. I bent down with one hand holding the top of the door frame and took the hand of the captain and just at that time a wave came along and the boat practically leveled out with the base of that door! Oh my God, I did it! I’m in the boat! “You can do it, Rose, come on!” She too made it. The men jumped on like sailors. The women were relieved to be sitting down.

The Last Door! OH MY GOD!

The Last Door! OH MY GOD!

As we approached the airport dock, my stomach began to do little flips. I just kept talking. Ok, this is going to be Ok, I kept telling myself. And it was. When I stepped to put my foot on the dock, again the wave leveled off the boat with the dock and voila I was on terra firma! No Problem! Thank you and Hail Mary!  We’re off to Istanbul!

PS, For a look into the world of Venice in the past, In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant, is a great read. You’ll glimpse the life of a prostitute and her midget pimp. Now that will make you look at these canals in a new light!

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Last Stroll and a Concert; In Venice

One Last Look at the Canals of Venice

One Last Look at the Canals of Venice

Oh How I Will Remember This!

Oh, How I Will Remember This!

This morning’s stroll is through the Clock Tower entry from St Marco’s Square to back streets we haven’t been on yet. Enjoy our last walk in Venice! These are all the finds I loved today!

The Unusual Squares!

The Unusual Rounds!

Another Fountain!

The Round Fountain!

In the Courtyard of Another Shopping Area!

 The Courtyard of Another Shopping Area!

A Courtyard Area!

The Courtyard 

Just Hanging Out with Puppy!

Just Hanging Out with Puppy!

The Tiny Lanes!

The Tiny Lanes!

The Unusual Eatery!

The Unusual Eatery!

Layer Upon Layer of Casa!

Layer Upon Layer of Casa!

What a Lovely Garden Area!

What a Lovely Garden Area and Retreat!

Smooth and Easy!

Garden on Top and a Smooth Ride!

Get Off the Gondola at your Garden!

Get Off the Gondola at Your Garden!

Now for the evening stroll over to Chiesa San Vidal for the concert, “Le Quattro Stagioni,” by the Interpreti Veneziani! The concert was fabulous and the Church was packed! Follow our walk!

Walking Through Another Square of Venice, Italy

Walking Through Another Square of Venice, Italy. All Pinks, Cream and Terra Cotta!

Here they were presenting some kind of interpretation dance! Perhaps, “Tiptoe Through the Tulips”? Only no tulips!

Tiptoe Through the Tulips?

Tiptoe Through the Tulips?

Fairies in the Garden?

Fairies in the Garden? Squash That!

Through Another Neighborhood

A Place to Rest!

Love the Strawberry Colored Building!

Love the Strawberry Colored Building!

Strawberry and Gold Contrast!

Strawberry and Gold!

I waited and watched for over a half hour to get this picture of the Virgin and the Bird!

The Bird and the Virgin!

The Bird and the Virgin!

Outside Chiesa San Vidal, Venice, Italy

Outside Chiesa San Vidal, Venice, Italy

Chiesa San Vidal, Venice, Italy

Chiesa San Vidal, Venice, Italy

Chiesa San Vidal, Venice, Italy

Chiesa San Vidal, Venice, Italy

Interpreti Veneziani

Interpreti Veneziani

One Last Look!

One Last Look! I Love Venice!

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Walkin’ the Walk and Peepin’ Out Windows in Venice

Early Morning Streets of Venice

Early Morning Streets of Venice

The Boats are Still Asleep!

The Boats are Still Asleep!

The Streets are Very Quiet!

The Streets are Very Quiet!

Only the Angels Watch on High!

Only the Angels Watch on High!

St Mark's is Getting a Facelift!

St Mark’s is Getting a Facelift!

St Mark's Basilica, Venice, Italy

St Mark’s Basilica, Venice, Italy

This morning we are on a mission through the quiet streets to take pictures and then head over to St Mark’s Square, (Piazza San Marco) the grand square surrounded by the historic buildings of the Doge’s Palace, Campanile Bell Tower, and St Mark’s Basilica, before the crowds commence. Over two football fields long, this is the only square in Venice to be called a “piazza.” With your back to St Mark’s, to the right are the “old offices,” (16th century Renaissance) to the left “new office’s.” (17th century high renaissance) At the opposite end is the Correr Museum and Nepoleon’s Wing. The Clock Tower built in 1696 marks the entry to the main shopping area (Mercerie) and connects St Mark’s Square with the Rialto Bridge area.

The Clock Tower, St Mark's Square

The Clock Tower, St Mark’s Square

The Campanile Bell Tower, St Mark's Square

The Campanile Bell Tower, St Mark’s Square

The Bottom of the Campanile

The Bottom of the Campanile

Another View of the Campanile

Another View of the Campanile

The Doge’s Palace was the seat of the Venetian government and home of the ruling duke or doge. For over 400 years this was the most powerful half-acre in Europe! The doge lived with his family on the first floor, near the halls of power.

The Main Stairway of the Doge's Palace, Venice, Italy

The Main Stairway of the Doge’s Palace, Venice, Italy

Inside Courtyard Doge's Palace

Inside Courtyard Doge’s Palace

Inside Courtyard Doge's Palace

Inside Courtyard Doge’s Palace

Doge's Palace, Venice, Italy

Doge’s Palace, Venice, Italy

View from the Doge's Palace

View from the Doge’s Palace

View from the Doge's Palace

View from the Doge’s Palace

I think the best spot in the entire complex is the Bridge of Sighs, a corridor built in 1614 to link the Doge’s Palace to the structure intended to house the New Prisons. The Bridge contains two separate corridors that run next to each other, both enclosed and covered on all sides except for the stone windows. Through these windows the prisoners supposedly sighed, taking their last look at freedom as they were led off to their cells.

View from the Bridge of Sighs, Venice,

View from the Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy

View from the Bridge of Sighs, Venice,

View from the Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy

The Prison Windows, Venice, Italy

The Prison Windows, Venice, Italy

Prison Door, Venice, Italy

Prison Door, Venice, Italy

Walk to the Prison, on Bridge of Sighs

Walk to the Prison, on Bridge of Sighs

The Prison from the Courtyard of the Doge's Palace

The Prison from the Courtyard of the Doge’s Palace

Relics of St Mark the Evangelist, were stolen by Venetian merchants in 828 from Alexandria and brought to Venice. The church is filled with loot from returning sea captains, providing an architectural trophy chest. The inside of the church glows with gold mosaics and colored marble. Upstairs you can get a great view of the Piazza and see the bronze horses (outside) and inside, in their own room, the original bronze horses. No one knows the exact age of the horses, but these well traveled horses were taken to Constantinople (Istanbul) by Constantine, to Venice by the crusaders, to Paris by Napoleon, and back to Venice when Napoleon fell, and finally to a room of their own inside from the acidic air. Whew, I bet they are glad to get some rest!

The Gold Stairway to the Museum above St Mark's Basilica, Venice, Italy

The Gold Stairway to the Museum above St Mark’s Basilica, Venice, Italy

Giant Steps to the Rooftop to See the Horses, St Mark's Basilica

Giant Steps to the Rooftop to See the Horses, St Mark’s Basilica

The Outside Horses, St Mark's Basilica, Venice, Italy

The Outside Horses, St Mark’s Basilica, Venice, Italy

The Outside Horses, St Mark's Basilica, Venice, Italy

The Outside Horses, St Mark’s Basilica, Venice, Italy

The Original Inside Horses, St Mark's Basilica, Venice, Italy

The Original Inside Horses, St Mark’s Basilica, Venice, Italy

The Walkway around St Mark's Basilica, Venice, Italy

The Walkway around St Mark’s Basilica, Venice, Italy

The View from St Mark's Basilica, Venice, Italy

The View from St Mark’s Basilica, Venice, Italy

Another View from St Mark's Basilica, Venice, Italy

Another View from St Mark’s Basilica, Venice, Italy

A View of the San Marco Column and the San Theodore Column

A View of the San Marco Column and the San Theodore Column

We attended Mass at St Mark’s and be warned; if you are not appropriately dressed, shoulders covered and no shorts or short skirts, an attendant, who admits you, will be glad to sell you a paper purple stole to cover yourself up with, otherwise you will not be attending Mass. Going out of the church you walk a plank literally, to the outside of the church. I couldn’t figure out if this was to keep the marble intact, from so many people treading on it, or to avoid the low stairways. Always a  mystery ! Enjoy!

Inside St Mark's Basilica, Venice, Italy

Inside St Mark’s Basilica, Venice, Italy

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Dawn at the Rialto Bridge Market, Venice, Italy

Rialto Mercato di Frutta et Verdera

Rialto Mercato di Frutta et Verdera

Early Morning in the Streets of Venice. Italy

Early Morning in the Streets of Venice. Italy

Walking to the Rialto Bridge, venice, Italy

Walking to the Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy

Walking to the Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy

Walking to the Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy

Walking to the Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy

Walking to the Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy

The Pink Lights! Venice, Italy

The Pink Lights! Venice, Italy

Early Morning, Venice, Italy

Early Morning, Venice, Italy

We are walking through the deserted streets to get an early view of the Rialto Bridge without a ton of tourists in the way and to go to the Rialto Market. For over 700 years the Rialto Market has been the place for fresh, seasonal, local food.  The Rialto area of Venice was one of the first areas to be developed. Trading of all kinds took place here along the water’s edge, where Venetians and merchants bought and sold exotic imported goods, just unloaded from the ships. In the 16th century, following a massive fire, a complex of squares and porticoes was constructed at the west end of the Rialto Bridge, with areas dedicated to different products. This area is still noted in the names of local lanes and squares. Erberia, (fruit and vegetable market) Nananzeria, (oranges) Speziali, (spices) and Pescaria, (fish) are just a few.  Also, there are now food stores around the market selling gourmet foodstuffs, oils, wine, pasta, and regional specialties. The locals still get up early and shop at the market! Follow suite or you will be in the frenzy of tourists! Enjoy!

 

The Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy

The Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy

Walk Over Rialto Bridge to the Market, Venice, Italy

Walk Over Rialto Bridge to the Market, Venice, Italy

Rialto Market, Venice, Italy

Rialto Market, Early Morning, Venice, Italy

Rialto Market, Venice, Italy

Rialto Market, Venice, Italy

Rialto Market, Venice, Italy

Rialto Market, Venice, Italy

Getting Ready to Open at the Rialto Market, Venice, Italy

Getting Ready to Open at the Rialto Market, Venice, Italy

Getting Ready to Open at the Rialto Market, Venice, Italy

Getting Ready to Open at the Rialto Market, Venice, Italy

Fish!

Fish!

Tomatoes!

Tomatoes and Spices!

The Spices at Rialto Market

The Spices at Rialto Market

The Meat Market at the Rialto Market, Venice, Italy

The Meat Market at the Rialto Market, Venice, Italy

The Meat Market at the Rialto Market, Venice, Italy

The Meat Market at the Rialto Market, Venice, Italy

The Specialty Markets at the Rialto Market, Venice, Italy

One of the Specialty Markets at the Rialto Market, Venice, Italy

 

 

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Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Roads

My favorite road in the world!  The road to La Foce, home of Iris Orego and her beautiful house and gardens outside Montepulciano, Italy ! Enjoy!

The Road to La Foce, Italy

The Road to La Foce, Italy

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Venice, A New Day!

A New Day in Venice, Italy

A New Day in Venice, Italy

9am. Up early, eat breakfast, out the door we go. We couldn’t wait to explore Venice! Oh, woe is me! We are bumper to bumper, head to head, squeezed together! The cruise ships are in and hordes of people are in groups of twenty to thirty! At the top of the bridge way, the group stops and takes pictures and the group behind them, waiting on the stairs, practically rear ends them! We need to re-think our picture taking times! I can’t see anything, but the back of someone’s head! Back to the hotel to re-group.

The Masses are Arriving!

The Masses are Arriving!

New day! 6am. We are up and out. The streets are empty! Yeah! We can take lovely pictures. What is that man doing? It’s a UPS man delivering goods. What a job that is!  Pulling and pushing the dollies up all those stairs and bridges! What’s that in the boats? Fluffy white bundles of laundry, pick up and delivery of sheets and more sheets! What a job that would be! The men row up to little doors along the water. The doors open and out comes the bundled dirty laundry and in goes the fresh! The vegetable man is in another boat, delivering fruits and vegetables in the same fashion. Wow, it pays to be up early and see all the action! 9 am, done with pictures for this morning.  Back to the hotel to eat breakfast.  Good morning, good morning, lovely day! We’ll rest up after breakfast and head out again after 1pm when the cruisers are done. Perfect day!

Delivery!

Delivery Day!

Another Dock! Another Delivery!

Another Dock, Another Delivery!

Vegetables and Fruits!

Vegetables and Fruits!

Quiet Walkways!

Ah, Quiet Walkways!

Quiet Here Too!

Quiet Here Too!

Peaceful Here!

Peaceful Here!

NoBody Up Here!

All Tucked in Here!

Shh!

Shh!

 

Parked and Waiting!

Parked and Waiting!

What’s down this way? Oh, it dead ends at the water! Re-tracing our steps. Have we been in this area before? There certainly are a lot of little walkways! We need to drop breadcrumbs, we never go the same way twice! Look up! Oh, I see it! The Rialto Bridge is this way!

Always Look Up!

Always Look Up!

Look Up Again!

Look Up Again!

Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy

Rialto Bridge, Early Early Morning!  Venice, Italy

St Marks Square that way. As long as we can find these markings we will be able to find our way back, I think! Look at all these shops! 

Fancy!

Fancy Pants!

Need a Mask?

Need a Mask?

Gloves Anyone?

Gloves Anyone?

How About a Hat?

How About a Hat?

Tea and Milk!

Tea and Milk!

Candy!

Candy!

One sells just gloves!  One sells just hats! Wow, that certainly is skimpy underwear! A little bar here. A juice shop there. Oh, another little church. Oh, look at this small shrine!

Shrine, Venice, Italy

 A Shrine in Venice, Italy

Oh What a Lovely Balcony!

Oh! What a Lovely Balcony!

1pm. Where are we?  Are we on this map? I need to sit down. I guess it’s time for some vino! How about here?

Very Quiet Here!

Very Quiet Here!

This Looks Like a Perfect Spot!

This Looks Like a Perfect Spot!

Or This Place!

Or This Place!

Or Here!

Or Here!

How About This One?

How About This One?

Let’s just try them all! Another perfect day in Venice!

Ok This One!

Ok This One!

6pm. Repeat the above! Oh, I need to sit down! Time for vino! How about this restaurant?

This One Looks Great!

This One Looks Great!

Maybe This One? We Haven't Been Here!

Maybe This One? We Haven’t Been Here Yet!

 

Our Favorite!

Our Favorite!

Our Favorite! Rosa Rossa! Enjoy!

We're Not Going to Starve in Italy!!

We’re Not Going to Starve in Italy!!

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