Saturday, August 18, 2012

Venice Part II: So much to see!

After our Rick Steve's guided tour of St. Mark's Basilica, we spent lots of time wandering through Venice - stopping along the way for a quiet dinner. Eventually we wound our way to the famous Rialto Bridge. This is definitely a city where you shouldn't have a strict agenda. Hours can be spent just walking around at a leisurely pace. There is so much to see! We wrapped up our evening hanging around Piazza San Marco and enjoying the crowds and the music, as well as the rest for our tired feet! Here are some photos from the bridge:

One of my favorite pics of Dad & Mom! 

His most genuine smiles are not for the camera! Atop Rialto Bridge.

The following day we toured the Doge's palace, which is situated right next to St. Mark's Basilica, we also toured the connected prison, saw the Bridge of Sighs (which is what prisoners would cross with a {sigh} as they were led to their cells.) and finally caught our train home! Venice was unbelievable - I hope we are able to return before our year here is over - I could have spent a few more days there, soaking in the sites! :)

Love, love, love the patterns and symmetry in the architecture here! Isn't it beautiful?!

Dad getting creative with his new digital camera. :) Love this one...