I finally got off my lazy butt and went through my Italy trip photos >_< After cleaning out the junk images, I ended up with around 1,000 photos. Of course, I’m not going to be posting them all here, no one would like that xD. Instead, I’ve picked out some of the better ones and will be posting them along with a description of where I was and what was going on.
I present part 1 of 2 or 3 total parts, I haven’t decided how many more to do ^^;
After a stop at Philadelphia, we hopped on our flight to Venice. A mere 8 uncomfortable hours later… we touched down at Marko Polo International. This is not quite the part of Venice you picture with the gondolas, more outside of the old city.
The relatives we stayed with live a couple hour’s drive north of Venice near the Italian Alps. The corn was an all too familiar reminder of Indiana but the mountains were something we definitely don’t have ^^;
Out on my first walk around the town. For some reason unknown to me, there are huge, massive slugs all over the place near the mountains. And I seriously mean everywhere. You had to watch where you stepped or you’d have slug guts on your shoes in no time >_<
The cozy little white stucco house at which we stayed. This is typical construction style for Italian houses. Light-colored stucco exteriors, red clay roofs. The white stucco and clay roofs are to keep the buildings cool as many houses, like this one, don’t have central air conditioning. Despite having no AC, the house remained cool most of the time.
A quick trip to a neighboring town.
To pick up some gelato, of course! I don’t think a single day that went by when we didn’t get gelato ;)
A small alley. Only the alleys here weren’t paved, they were canals ^^.
We arrive at the Grand Canal, the largest waterway in the main part of the old city. The waterway was pretty busy as you can see. A lot of the goods, food, etc is brought here, at least partially, by boat.
Back to the streets. One of the quieter streets, a nice break from the surging crowds on the main roads.
I could be wrong but it looks like the cafe that the Aria scene was based on. No, I don’t know if they move the chairs as the sun moves but from the look of it, I would say no =P
One of the most impressive structures in Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica, the most famous church in Venice. Really quite amazing when you realize this building is nearly 1,000 years old. As you can see, the crowds were really getting dense by this time.
The ceiling mosaics were incredible. Thousands of tiny, individual stones were placed together to form the whole image. Of course, these have undergone countless restorations throughout the centuries.
Although many of the most famous paintings are now kept in museums, many churches still retain their original masterpieces, some dating back 500+ years. If you want to see art in Italy, you don’t really need to visit museums, just visit churches ;)
By this time we were getting pretty tired from walking the city most of the day and decided to head back to the train station. We took a ferry back through the Grand Canal which gives us a chance to look at some of the waterside structures.
Last pic in Venice as we’re finally back at the train station to head home. Almost forgot to get a pick of Kagami enjoying the sights of Venice. Turned out to be a bad photo… Should have used a narrower aperture.
The next day we head out to a open air market in a nearby town. These are pretty common in Italy. About once a week, the city closes off a few streets for the event and merchants transport and unpack their wares for display. They’re also an important event for the local community as most people in the town use it as an opportunity to catch up with friends.
A candy vendor. Bought some gummies and yummy dried fruit here.
After a day lazing around, recovering from the day of walking Venice, we went out for some pizza. Pizza in Italy is not all that different than pizza in America. Not as greasy, but otherwise constructed fairly similarly. Oh, they don’t cut the pizza for you, that is different. You get to cut and eat it however you like.
That concludes part 1 of my Italy travelogue. Putting this post together too much longer than it should have. I think I posted too many images ^^; I was planning for 3 parts but I may cut down the number of photos next time and just do two parts. Hope you didn’t fall asleep from all the photos! ;)