30.05.2011 29 °C
Venice, a city built on posts, manmade islands and waterways. Very weird! Every job that requires a vehicle is done here by boat from delivering our suitcases to garbage disposal to laundry service. There are over 450 bridges in this maze of a city. We took the tour of St.Mark’s square and surrounding area and then had time to explore on our own. We found the famous Rialto bridge and the Bridge of Sighs and followed the maze getting only slightly lost a few times. But seems that all mazes lead back to the square eventually.
We went up the Bell Tower and had a great view of Venice from above.
Evening was a tour to the island of Borrano (know for its handmade lace) and colourful houses. It was absolutely a photographers paradise. It took at least 45 minutes by boat to get to the island and we were not disappointed. On the way, we learned more about Venice and how it is slowly sinking, however, with Operation Moses, Venice is slowly building a water management facility much like Amersterdam to try and balance out the water levels in Venice. Our tour guide said it is totally not uncommon to have to walk through water in St. Mark's square during high tides.
Toilets in italy..............some have seats, many don't, hotels also do. Paper is the thickness of a Canadian paper towel (a soft one). Oh, and most toilets are pay toilets, either someone taking your money (anywhere from 50 E to 1.50 E) or a turnstile to the toilets. Yep, you pay to drink and you pay to pee it out....double!!