Wednesday, March 14, 2007

i heart venice...

seriously, if you have never been... go as soon as you can. Venice is gorgeous, i mean seriously breathtakingly beautiful... every single part of it and all around you can just see the age etched into every inch of the landscape, just gorgeous.

we arrived in venice at about 9am after a 12 hour overnight train ride from paris... it was a long night in really cramped quarters in a bed that felt like a wooden plank but luckily we were so tired we actually did get some sleep. we shared our cabin on the train with a very kind french couple who spoke virtually no english at all but did manage to put the words together "venice is magical" and boy were they right. probably the most vivid memory of the whole trip that i will always remember is the boat ride from the train station to our hotel, we were in awe just looking at the beauty surrounding us not even talking, just looking around and taking it all in. we were able to check in to our hotel when we arrived because the man saw that i was pregnant and pulled out all the stops ( i was seriously treated like a queen everywhere i went in both paris and venice because i was pregnant... no waits in museums for restrooms, always got a seat on the metro etc.)
our hotel was really, really fancy in venice it was a bit of a splurge but so worth it because the staff was so nice and our room was so luxurious. we filled up on a big breakfast at our hotel, cleaned up and headed out, we walked to the piazzo san marco and toured the beautiful cathedral, we then went to the doge's palace where we spent quite a bit of time... it is really big and is not only a palace but is also where all of the government business took place and also was a prison. there was some really beautiful artwork and the prisons were a little spooky but very cool, i also liked the room that they had all of the prisoners artwork displayed. after the palace we had a nice lunch, walked around went into some shops and headed back to our hotel where the concierge had made us dinner reservations at a nearby restaurant (they booked every dinner for us and they were all out of this world)

the next morning we woke up with plans of another day of art. we started by going to the gallerie dell'accademia which is actually an old church and convent that now houses the best of the old venetian art, another big museum with such beautiful works, like i said i love old religious art and there was a lot of that here, not to mention the audio guide was very detailed and gave a lot of history on some of the pieces which we really enjoyed. after that we went to see the peggy guggenheim collection this was a fabulous exhibit and quite a change from the pieces we had just seen considering it was all modern/ contemporary.


after the peggy Guggenheim collection we headed over to the ca'pesaro museum that was hosting a huge picasso exhibit... so extensive with photographs and his sketches and even his pottery. this was a fabulous exhibit in such a cool building and it also featured a pop art collection that was so unbelievable and creative, this was one of my favorites of the trip. this is the night of my favorite dinner of the trip in a delicious little restaurant right on a gorgeous canal. we ate fresh spaghetti, steaks, tons of cheeses, creme brulee (chris had lobster) such a great night. I'm sure most of you know that there are no cars at all in venice so the sound there is like nothing else, so quiet and tranquil you don't even realize the noise of living around cars until you are not around them anymore.



the next morning we headed to the island of mureno where the Venetian glass is made. we went by water taxi (by the way the weather was absolutely perfect the whole time, clear skies and 80 degrees) it was very cool to watch them make the glass, heat it, form it, blow it. we then walked through the showroom and even splurged on a beautiful vase. when we returned we finally took a gondola ride, oh i loved this so much, riding through the skinny canals listening to the gondolier sing and taking in the beautiful sights all around. that evening we went to the arsenale which was a place chris had heard about and wanted to go to, there wasn't much there but again everything in venice is gorgeous.



we left venice early the next morning and stopped in germany for 4 hours and then on to Chicago for 3 hours and then finally home (24 hours of travel) it was a long day but what a trip it was... i'm still basking in the memory of it all!


14 comments:

sarah marie said...

the first two and the last one are my favorites. amazing and i love what the parisian couple said to you.

Auntie Ann said...

My breath is gone...

Erin said...

Sounds like the trip of a lifetime. Your photos are amazing (as always)

Kim said...

What a treat to come here and see these. Thank you. Each photograph is absolute perfection...I am in awe!

TX Girl said...

Amy- you have sold me on revisiting Venice. I wasn't all the impressed the first time (lots of reasons that weren't necessarily the fault of the city), but I HAVE to go to the Venetian glass place. Your photos are breathtaking

amy m said...

You make venice look amazing. I love the little details and the colors are gorgeous.

ali said...

These are beautiful, so colorful.

You are the real deal, Amy.

Lydia Paige Louise said...

I'm in love!!

Heather said...

That was weird...I just left you a comment but it didn't show up!

Anyway - these photos are seriously stunning! I can't wait to hear all about your trip in person!!!!

Leah Wright said...

Love them all, but the first one...it speaks to me.

Alyson said...

wow, amy. i have always thought it would be cool to visit venice if we ever got around to it, but thanks to your pictures and vivid descriptions i feel like i HAVE to go, or life wouldn't be complete.

i'm glad you had a great time and are back safely!

Alyson said...

wow, amy! i have to admit, i always thought it might be cool to visit venice, if we ever got around to it. but thanks to your stunning pictures and vivid descriptions i feel like i MUST go now to fully experience life. thanks for sharing with us!

Mary said...

I felt like I was in Venice again reading your blog and looking at your amazing pictures. There isn't a spot on this earth quite like Venice. Someday we will have to go again!

Frederique said...

Amy, you're pictures are so beautiful. Stunning composition. Honnestly you are one of my favorites....Thanks for sharing these. Wht an amazing trip!