After a few relaxing days in the beautiful Cinque Terre, it was time to pack up and head for our final destination, Venice. But first, a quick stop in Milan.
A couple of hours on the train and we were there. Here's Connie checking out the main square in front of the
Duomo di Milano. Beautiful, no?
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.
Inside the cathedral. A bit blurry. The red light in the dome above the aspe marks the spot where one of the nails from the crucifixion of Christ has been stored.
Milan is known for its shopping. We hit up the ritzy shopping district where I took this picture of a fancy car. That was all we got there, luckily for both of our bank accounts. Our time was up, and we hopped back on the train to continue on to Venice.
And here we are. Gondola man in action.
Here is the Piazza San Marco. Venice has one of the most striking squares of all the ones we saw. The domes are St Mark's Basilica. To the far left is St. Mark's Clocktower. To the right is Doge's Palace.
In the Piazza with the much battered Rick Dees. I hope y'all are clicking these links, there's so much amazing history about this place. I'm just too lazy to write it all here.
St Mark's Clocktower, the back of my baby's head, and some doofus tourist guys. Nice 'stache, dude. The Piazza is prone to flooding, as you can see from the standing water from an earlier shower.
A close up of the two metal men who beat the clock. The first robots ever. One is old, and one is young to symbolize the passage of time.
Connie with St Mark's Campanile in the background. Originally built in 1514, it collapsed in 1902 and was rebuilt ten years later. Click the link for the lowdown on what was probably the first photoshopped picture ever passed off as the real deal.
The Piazetta San Marco. Atop the two columns are the patrons or Venice, the lion of St Mark called Marco, and St Teodoro of Amasea, known as Todaro. It's bad luck to walk between the two columns, because they used to execute prisoners there back in the day.
A closer shot of Marco.
Here we are cruising past some place semi-famous on the ferry on the Grand Canal.
A shot of a side canal from the ferry.
The view from our hotel room.
One of the twisty turny alleys in Venice. Get this: NO cars. It's either a boat or walking.
My sweetie and the Grand Canal at twilight.
Our last night, just after our gondola ride. Bittersweet.
Well, that's it. Hope y'all enjoyed. It was an amazing trip. The food, the sights, the adventure...so good. And over way too soon. It was the vacation of a lifetime, and I know we will be going back.