Another beautiful Venezia day

More sunshine, cool breezes, and enjoyable temperatures all day and through the evening in Venice. Agnes left us early in the morning to drive to her new job with BP, somewhere in Germany. Mari leaves tomorrow (Monday) morning, a 6:55 am flight back to Amsterdam. Tom is to accompany his daughter to Marco Polo Airport, on the earliest bus available, the horrible hour of 5:40 am. (Mari is really psyched to get up early and go back to where it has been rainy and cold for a week).

Ginny and I will follow slightly later and meet Tom at the FIAB office. Volker will meet us there and the four of us will cycle back over the bridge to Venice, take a ferry to Lido, and ride south the length of the island. Then we hop a ferry to the next island and continue south on another long and even narrower island that looks on the map as if the waves could wash right over it. Another ferry ride gets us to Chioggia. Volker is our guide and will be with us for a few days and hopefully get me competent with my Garmin. (I think I will keep my compass handy anyway.)

The gently arched bridge near the train and bus stations.
The gently arched bridge near the train and bus stations.

Today we made a huge figure-eight tour of Venice, half of it by the boat-bus. We walked south from the train station through the Dorsoduro section, turning away from any architecture that looked modern and eventually we reached the Canale de Fusina. The San Basilo boat-bus station was right there and it only took the four of us about 20 minutes to decipher the schedule. We purchased a ticket to take us the long way around, clockwise up the west side, down the entire length of the Grande Canal, past the  crowded Piazza San Marco, and east to the Giardini stop. It was lovely!

This is a "bus-boat". The one in the foreground, not the Regal Princess in the background.
This is a “bus-boat”. The one in the foreground, not the Regal Princess in the background.
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Ginny, Tom, and Mari cruise past Sacca Fisola.

 

The huge ship in the background is the MSC Fantasia, docked in the Maritime Stationon the west side of Venice.
The huge ship in the background (that looks like a building) is the MSC Fantasia, docked in the Maritime Station on the west side of Venice.
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The font doors are on the water.
The unique vantage point offered from the boat.
The unique vantage point offered from the boat-bus.
We entered the Grand Canal at it's northeast entrance, past the train station, and under the Rialto Bridge.
We entered the Grand Canal at it’s northeast entrance, past the train station, and under the Rialto Bridge.
The Rialto Bridge as seen from the boat- bus.
The Rialto Bridge as seen from the boat- bus.
Piazza San Marco was a mob scene, as usual.
Piazza San Marco was a mob scene, as usual.
The crowd streams out of Piazzza San Marco and past the Ponti Dei Sospiri.
The crowd streams out of Piazza San Marco and past the Ponti Dei Sospiri.
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Twisting and turning through the alleys of the peaceful eastern end of Venice.
There is video of  this on my Facebook page.
There is video of this on my Facebook page.
I though Neil Young was here, but it was Tom.
I though Neil Young was here, but it was Tom.
Mugging at a window reflection.
Mugging at a window reflection. The passengers on the other side of the window must have felt uncomfortable.
Mother and daughter enjoy the sunset at the Canale Delle Sacche.
Mother and daughter enjoy the sunset at the Canale Delle Sacche.

 

 

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