2012 - Venice 

Monday 8th October


We had visited Venice in the late 1980s when we were on holiday in Yugoslavia.  Now we returned for another short visit, this time as part of our cruise on Discovery to the eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea, taking in 10 countries: Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia Herzegovina, Italy, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Russia, and Ukraine.  

We did not go on any organised trip but walked in to St. Mark’s Square from our berth in the Canale Della Giudecca via a number of back streets and the Ponte Del Academia.  We avoided crowds by using the back streets until St Marks and the water front by the Doges Palace.  We were fairly weary after much trudging!  Nevertheless we did see the less public face of Venice.  We walked along the front near the Doges’ Palace and then enjoyed some views of the centre of Venice from the water as we took the ferry back to Discovery. 

After lunch, Adrian walked out again, hoping to visit an Art Gallery but it had just closed so he returned to the ship but gained some views of the Doges Palace from the other side of the canal outside the Santa Maria Della Salute.

Venice is certainly an unusual city and has some beautiful architecture even if some of this is quite decayed.  It is amazing to have built a city in the water in this way.