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Thursday Doors: April 14, 2016

Prison Door iInside Doge's Palace

Prison Door Inside Doge’s Palace, Venice, Italy

Today, let’s take a peek at some of the doors in Venice, Italy. I’ve been dreaming of sunny vacations for the past couple of weeks! Venice, Italy is one of those sunny, magical, dream come true spots on earth. But, it wasn’t so sunny for those who were sent to jail from the olden days until 1930.

This prison door has two big bolt locks and the peep window also has a lock! The door is narrow and one would have to be very short or stooped to get inside the cell. The cell is very small and windowless! The prison was attached to the Doge’s Palace, (the home of the ruling duke) by a passageway called the Bridge of Sighs, aptly named because you had to walk from the Doge’s Palace, where you were sentenced by a tribunal, over to the prison. It was your last look at the world, through a thick, marble, trellised window.

Inside Looking Out from Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy

Inside Looking Out from Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy

 

Looking Up at the Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy

Looking Up at the Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy

This is the Bridge of Sighs as it looks from the outside. There is a canal between the Doge’s Palace and the Prison.

To walk around Venice you follow very narrow pathways tucked between old buildings. You walk and suddenly the path comes to a dead end at a doorway! It’s easy to get lost or disoriented.

Narrow Pathways Between the Buildings in Venice, Italy

Narrow Pathways Between the Buildings in Venice, Italy

 

The Stop at the End is a Doorway in Venice, Italy

The Stop at the End is a Doorway in Venice, Italy

 

The Stop at the End is a Doorway in Venice, Italy

The Stop at the End is a Doorway in Venice, Italy

 

The Stop at the End is a Doorway in Venice, Italy

The Stop at the End is a Doorway in Venice, Italy

The buildings at the main intersections have  arrows directing you to the most popular spots, so you know which way to go to the most familiar sites. Here to cross the street you look up!

Look Up to See Where You Are in Venice, Italy

Look Up to See Where You Are in Venice, Italy

The best way to get around quickly is by gondola! The doors are at water level! Just step outside your place into a gondola! For a post about my gondola experience look HERE! All the photos were taken at close up and personal gondola level!

 

The Water Level Doors in Venice, Italy

The Water Level Doors in Venice, Italy

At the end of the day treat yourself to a sit and a drink! Nothing better than being served by a gent in a white tux! I hope you enjoyed our excursion around Venice! To see all my posts on Venice just click in the tag area on Venice!

The Florian, Venice, Italy

The Florian, Venice, Italy

This is just one of many photos in the Thursday Door Collection featured by Norm2.0!   Won’t you join in or take a peak at all the doors?

 

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola: Tickle Me Pink

Tickle Me Pink in Venice, Italy

Tickle Me Pink in Venice, Italy

 

Tickle Me Pink in Venice, Italy

Tickle Me Pink in Venice, Italy

 

Tickle Me Pink in Venice, Italy

Tickle Me Pink in Venice, Italy

 

Tickle Me Pink in Venice, Italy

Tickle Me Pink in Venice, Italy

Day 101 in the Crayola Challenge and today we are tickled pink! Are we excited because it is coming to an end? What a challenge! Or are we tickled pink because we have found so many of the colors? Or are we tickled pink because we have learned so much about the history of Crayola? It doesn’t take much to Tickle Me Pink! I like lots of things, mostly simple! But, I have loved everything about this challenge! I loved sorting through the photos looking for a particular color. I loved researching the history of the colors and the Crayola (Binney &Smith’s) beginnings. I loved learning how much the crayons have influenced our learning skills!  So much to be Tickled Pink about!

My photos today were taken in Venice, Italy! Even the street lights are Pink!

Tickle Me Pink has been a Crayola color since 1993. It is also known as Pulsar Pink in the “Discovery” series, Scruffy Pink in the Hallmark “Ugly Duckling” set, Hedgehog Pink in the Hallmark “Mouse and Mole” set, Giselle’s Pink Dress in the Hallmark “Tales of the Tooth Fairy” set AND Wild Prairie Rose as the color for North Dakota in the “State Crayon Collection.” Whew that’s a lot of pink!

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

 

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Tan

Doge's Death Mask, Venice, Italy

Doge’s Death Mask, Venice, Italy

Day 100 in the Crayola Challenge and we are looking for Tan? Tan????? I was hoping for something outlandish here! But Tan it is! Tan, added to Crayola in 1958, is also known as Sandy Beach in the “Discovery Series,” and Grand Canyon, the color for Arizona, in the “State Crayon Collection.”

 My photo is of a Doge Death Mask from Venice, Italy. It can be seen in the Doge’s Palace. The seat of the Doge was initiated in 726. While the Doge, or military leader, had great power he was constantly under strict surveillance. He had to wait for other officials to be present before opening dispatches from foreign powers and he was not allowed to possess any property in a foreign land. The Doge ruled for life (although some were forcibly removed from office) After the Doge’s death an inquisitori passed judgement on his acts and if anything improper was found, compensation would be taken from the Doge’s estate. I like that idea, and wish it could be applied to our government officials today!

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Sunglow

Morning Light in Venice, Italy

Morning Light in Venice, Italy

 

Morning Light in Venice, Italy

Morning Light in Venice, Italy

 

Morning Light in Venice, Italy

Morning Light in Venice, Italy

 

Morning Light in the Doge's Palace, venice, Italy

Morning Light in the Doge’s Palace, Venice, Italy

 

Welcome to Day 98 in the Crayola Challenge! Today we are getting some sun and a glow! We are in Venice, Italy! What more could you ask for to get a glow? The sun is right, the colors are right and the mood is right!

Sunglow is a fluorescent color, introduced in 1990. It is known as  Bee-Utah-ful, the color for Utah in the “State Crayon Collection.”

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Outrageous Orange

Morning Market in Venice, Italy

Morning Market in Venice, Italy

Outrageous Orange was called Ultra Orange in the fluorescent colors of the Crayola collection.

So let’s go to the daily market at the Rialto Bridge, in Venice, Italy and look for that Orange! There are numerous shades of orange here, but I liked this photo of the fish market! We had to get up before 6 am to get photos of the market. I think we found the freshest Orange! After that time it was bumper to bumper with locals getting their fresh produce, meat and daily fish! A great place to visit and find Color!

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge! Enjoy!

 

Color Your World:120 Days of Crayola; Atomic Tangerine

The Canals of Venice, Italy

The Canals of Venice, Italy

 

The Canals of Venice, Italy

The Canals of Venice, Italy

 

The Doge's Palace, Venice, Italy

The Doge’s Palace, Venice, Italy

 

Buildings Along the Main Canal, Venice, Italy

Buildings Along the Main Canal, Venice, Italy

 

The BEST PIZZA EVER!

The BEST PIZZA EVER!

 

Crayola Atomic Tangerine

Crayola Atomic Tangerine

Ultra Yellow was added to the Crayola colors in 1972. It was one of eight crayons in the new fluorescent color line. In 1990 all the fluorescent colors were re-named and Ultra Yellow became Atomic Tangerine.

Atomic Tangerine is supposed to be a fluorescent color, but there is no way to show fluorescence on a flat computer screen.

I think Venice, Italy is the most romantic city in the world.! If you want to be surrounded by beautiful color at every turn, Venice, Italy is the place for you! I fell in love with the atomic tangerine color found on every building, niche, and cranny! It can even be seen in their popular PIZZA! To see other posts about visiting Venice, just click HERE.

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge! Enjoy!

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!

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!

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

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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