And so to Venice

At the end of January Alan and I had a week in Venice. It proved to be the perfect time with very few tourists, and although it was cold it never rained. I had to persuade Alan that he could not take his bike as they are not permitted on the island but he soon discovered that travel by water is good fun.
We flew in to Marco Polo airport after an early departure from Gatwick  and caught a bus to Piazzale Roma on the island of Venice, where all motorised land vehicles terminate. Here there is an enormous car park next to the train station.
As advised by my guide book we bought a week long season ticket (pretty cheap) for the vaporetto and walked to the Ferrovia water stop to catch our boat down the Grand Canal to San Angelo, the nearest stop for the accommodation we had rented. Here we were to meet a guide to take us to our place. Two students were waiting for us and we all wandered around aimlessly for about 45 minutes until we eventually found the apartment. It was dark by that time and the flat was up a very dark alley off of an equally narrow and dark street. Before they went the students told us where we could find a shop to buy food. We didn't find it the first day and so bought some very expensive pasta and sauce from a nearby delicatessan, and of course a bottle of wine.
I took photos all the way down the canal, enchanted by what I was seeing. The day was fading pretty fast and the lights coming on in the buildings.

Ferrovia vaporetto stop

San Geremia

San Marcuola

Rialto Bridge

After we had eaten we went out for a walk. We were staying in the San Marco district, about a 15 minute walk from the Piazza San Marco. We walked through our nearest square, the Campo San Stefano, across to the Ponte Accademia and then east to San Marco. It was late and very dark with few people about. From there we caught the vaporetto back to San Angelo and after a couple of false trails found ourselves back to our Venetian home.

Campo San Stefano
Pont Accademia

San Marco
Ponte del Sospiri

Santa Maria della Salute


  1. Love the eeriness of these pics Sue and like Mark I like the fact that you haven't forced details in the shadows. Its how I remember it!

  2. The fun of shadows is the darkness!


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