Euro Trip – Day 4

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We left the hotel early to catch our 8:15 boat ride to Venice.

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When we arrived in the city there were barely any people yet, a few souvenir stands here and there.

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We went to Piazza San Marco to meet with our guide. (unfortunately I don’t remember her name) She told us all about the architecture and history of Venice. I barely remember them because I kept on taking pictures.

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Piazza San Marco

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A part of St. Mark’s Basilica

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St. Mark’s Campanile

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St. Mark’s Clock Tower

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After then short tour we went to the Murano Glass Factory and we were able to see a glass blowing demo. The glass blower made a horse out of a heated glass. First they heat the glass, then they form it, finally they let it cool down. The cooling down takes from 1 to 3 days depending on the size of the object.

It was fun watching the demonstration and they do blow the glass especially if it’s a vase or something like that. They mentioned that glass blowing requires apprenticeship, something you pass down, so most of the time it runs in the family.

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After the demonstration we had a few hours til our boat arrives so we had time for lunch and a gondola ride. We went for the gondola ride first. We paid 100 euros as I recall for the gondola ride. The gondola has a capacity of 6 people plus the gondolier so it’s better to maximize that space to save some money.

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We went for the longer ride which was for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. The shorter ride was for about 30 minutes and it’s cheaper than the longer ride. It was a nice experience and it has a romantic feel to it. It’s like a leisurely stroll in the canal surrounded by the colorful Venetian houses. Then add the sound of singing gondolier. It would be nice to be there with someone special. :3

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The whole place actually has a romantic feel to it. It’s nice to just walk around going through the passageways and be surprised either by a dead-end or a new street. It seems like a nice thought, to get lost in Venice.

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My favorite thing about Venice is the masks. My first encounter with the masks is in Macau at the Venetian. It was pretty and expensive. I didn’t have the money for it then so promised myself that someday I’ll buy one. Now that I’m Venice I thought maybe this time I’ll be able to.

I really wanted to buy one, something that stood out. But all of the pretty ones were really expensive.(all of them are expensive -_-) Even though I had the money I was saving it for the other places that we’ll be visiting. So I guess that some day wasn’t today. In the future I’ll be back and I’ll buy THE mask, some day.

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A little after noon was our boat ride back and we were once again on the road. We were heading for Innsbruck, Austria where we’ll be spending the night.

I enjoyed our dinner that night I believe we had risotto. I was craving for one even before we left for Europe.

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