|We had gotten Euro train passes and then took the train to Venice which is above (though the pictures are delayed). They had built a bridge to allow the train to come all the way to the island itself. On the left above is the view as you just leave the train station. There is an open area with the waterways and several water taxis off to the right of the picture. Next to that is a picture of a farily typical canal. Some would be significantly larger, perhaps three times as large, and some would be smaller, perhaps half the size, but this would be a fairly typical size. We arrived in Venice about 3PM but is windy and bitterly cold. With all our bags we decided to just head to the youth hostel listed in our guide straight away. We took one of the water taxis according to the instructions and arrived about 4PM only to see a sign saying that they were closed until some pretty late hour like 6PM. Burr... We ended up hanging out in a shop for a couple of hours just to stay out of the wind and cold (it was December after all). This picture is of St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Cathedral.||=0=|
|On the very left of the picture above is a clock which at the very top has two metal statues which chime the hour. However, when you get closer to the clock (to get a better view) the statues are no longer really visible. This is better pciture of the clock but the bell and statues are mostly hidden. Below on the left is a frontal view of the St. Mark's Cathedral and the clock tower would be off to the right of the picture. The other slide below is of the interior and the altar area of the cathedral. We were pleasantly surprised that the cathedral was heated and so would spend brief periods out looking around and then come back in to warm up and dry out. We chose a bad time to visit Venice and there was a holiday that Friday and most palces were closed for the couple of days that we were visiting. What to do?||=0=|
|This is another interior view of Venice St. Marks Cathedral. It is of the ceiling along the length of the cathedral. Below on the left is one of the arches along the ceiling. Next to that is of the murals, a beautiful mosaic, at the top of one of the alcoves off to the side (and one with particularly good lighting). Everything was was beautifully decorated.||=0=|
|Here is an image from my rejects for Venice. A different view of St. Marks Cathedral||=0=|
|This is a mosaic of one of the wall decoration and below are two pictures of the mosaics on the floor. They are the last of our pictures from Venice.||=0=|
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