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Monday, November 4, 2013

Bologna - Day 12

Day 12 - Venice/Murano -- Up and out of the apartment at 7 am to catch the bus to the train station then the 8:20 train to Venice, which took 2 hours with a minimal number of stops. 

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The train was crowded -- standing room only from about 1/2 way to Venice on.

 12:2CrowdedTrain.jpg

Realized later that with the holiday yesterday (3 day weekend) and the threat of rain on Sunday, everyone wanted to get to Venice on Saturday.  Got off the train and purchased a 12 hour vaporetto (water bus) ticket so that we could go when and where we wanted for the time that we were there. 

Headed straight to Murano from Plazza Roma via vaporetto to look at the glass and buy some beads.  The trip only took about 20 minutes.  There is something about being on the water in Venice -- today with overcast skies, the water was that dreamy light green ocean color. It is calming and restorative.

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First look at Vence from the vaporetto. 

Getting off the vaporetto, we were engulfed in the glass that is Murano.  

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Sculptures and plates.

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Sculptural art glass. 

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Storefront display window.

We decided to eat lunch early to avoid the rush.

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Murano glass charger plates!

Boy, are we glad we did. All the luncheon places were getting extremely crowded.

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Fish stew - this may have been the best lunch I've had so far. Slightly spicy and tasting of the sea.

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Lynn's multi cheese lasagane.

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Allan's four-cheese gnocchi.

After lunch, we checked out many shops with all sorts of glass vases, sculptures, and, of course, jewelry. 

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Glass mosaics on both sides of walkway leading to yet another glass store.

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Each piece of this glass symphony orchestra measures no more than 2-1/2 inches high!

The scenery was not lost on us either. . 

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Roof lines.

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 Window boxes.

Murano is like a mini Venice.

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Canal looking further into Murano.

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Canal looking outward toward the lagoon.

Headed back to S. Mark’s square around 3.  It was so crowded (wall-to-wall people, which would not have made the walking around fun) that we decided to hop right back on a vaporetto and head to the train station and wait for the 4:45 train. Well, it took us  about 45 minutes to get back to the train station as we were on the milk run.  The good thing about this run is you get to see a lot of Venice from the canal. 

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Rialto Bridge

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Got to the train station and the outgoing train to Bologna was not yet assigned a platform number.  There were hundreds of people waiting for the number to go up on the board, and when it did, there was a mad dash to the train.  In the excitement of being able to make our train, we forgot to punch the ticket at one of the validation points and just hoped that a ticket person who occasionally  walks the isles checking tickets would not come by.  Thankfully, no one did.  So we settled in for a relaxing 2 hour ride home.  -- Donna

 
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Monday, November 4, 2013

Bologna - Day 12

Day 12 - Venice/Murano -- Up and out of the apartment at 7 am to catch the bus to the train station then the 8:20 train to Venice, which took 2 hours with a minimal number of stops. 

 12:1VeniceTrainSign.jpg

The train was crowded -- standing room only from about 1/2 way to Venice on.

 12:2CrowdedTrain.jpg

Realized later that with the holiday yesterday (3 day weekend) and the threat of rain on Sunday, everyone wanted to get to Venice on Saturday.  Got off the train and purchased a 12 hour vaporetto (water bus) ticket so that we could go when and where we wanted for the time that we were there. 

Headed straight to Murano from Plazza Roma via vaporetto to look at the glass and buy some beads.  The trip only took about 20 minutes.  There is something about being on the water in Venice -- today with overcast skies, the water was that dreamy light green ocean color. It is calming and restorative.

 12:3FirstLookVenice.jpg

First look at Vence from the vaporetto. 

Getting off the vaporetto, we were engulfed in the glass that is Murano.  

12:4MuranoGlassA.jpg

Sculptures and plates.

12:5MuranoGlassB.jpg

Sculptural art glass. 

12:6MuranoGlassC.jpg

Storefront display window.

We decided to eat lunch early to avoid the rush.

 12:7MuranoGlLunch.jpg

Murano glass charger plates!

Boy, are we glad we did. All the luncheon places were getting extremely crowded.

 12:8FishStew.jpg

Fish stew - this may have been the best lunch I've had so far. Slightly spicy and tasting of the sea.

12:9Lasagne.jpg

Lynn's multi cheese lasagane.

12:10Gnocchi4Cheese.jpg

Allan's four-cheese gnocchi.

After lunch, we checked out many shops with all sorts of glass vases, sculptures, and, of course, jewelry. 

 12:11MosaicFramesGlass.jpg

Glass mosaics on both sides of walkway leading to yet another glass store.

12:12GlassOrchestra.jpg

Each piece of this glass symphony orchestra measures no more than 2-1/2 inches high!

The scenery was not lost on us either. . 

12:13RoofLines.jpg

Roof lines.

12:14WindowBox.jpg

 Window boxes.

Murano is like a mini Venice.

12:15MuranoCanalA.jpg

Canal looking further into Murano.

12:16MCanalLkgtoLagoon.jpg

Canal looking outward toward the lagoon.

Headed back to S. Mark’s square around 3.  It was so crowded (wall-to-wall people, which would not have made the walking around fun) that we decided to hop right back on a vaporetto and head to the train station and wait for the 4:45 train. Well, it took us  about 45 minutes to get back to the train station as we were on the milk run.  The good thing about this run is you get to see a lot of Venice from the canal. 

 12:17VeniceVapA.jpg

12:18VeniceVapB.jpg

12:19VVC.jpg

12:20VVD.jpg

12:22VVRialtoBr.jpg

Rialto Bridge

12:23VVRestaurant.jpg

12:24VVGondola.jpg

Got to the train station and the outgoing train to Bologna was not yet assigned a platform number.  There were hundreds of people waiting for the number to go up on the board, and when it did, there was a mad dash to the train.  In the excitement of being able to make our train, we forgot to punch the ticket at one of the validation points and just hoped that a ticket person who occasionally  walks the isles checking tickets would not come by.  Thankfully, no one did.  So we settled in for a relaxing 2 hour ride home.  -- Donna

 
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