More Bridges and Canals                                                                                                      May 19, 2106

Today we experienced the first major rain of our trip.  It rained throughout the night and then we experienced thunder and lightning during the day.  The fastest selling item today were umbrellas, which we have our very own Italian umbrella that we bought for 3 Euros.

Kim and I headed to find St. Marco Square.  We thought we had a lot of people around our area but the square Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 10.52.59 PM was packed.  We spent some time just walking around looking at the sites.  There were boats and gondolas all over the place.  I have spent a lot of time rowing a boat in my days, but the guys powering the gondolas are good.  They can maneuver these vessels on a dime.  They would be in the large open water with currents, wind and waves and then direct them into small canals.  I would put these guys up against our very own masters of water craft like Doug Bourquien, George Vass and Eric Olsen any day.  Some of the small canals around the square looked like a traffic jam, full of boats.  Some had to wait out in the open water before they could squeeze Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 10.53.18 PMinto the channel.Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 10.52.22 PM

I have felt much better today, but we ended up coming back to our apartment in the late afternoon for a nap.  Once I got an hour of shut-eye I was ready to go, still not able to keep up with my traveling partner (but then who can?).  We headed out with threatening clouds.  We headed into a new area of town and found more and more bridges and canals.  We weren’t that far from home when the lightning started and Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 10.51.33 PMit began to pour.  About sunset we ducked into a little restaurant and had a wonderful dinner.  This will be another memorable experience as we say good-bye to Venice tomorrow and head to Zurich, Switzerland.  As I might have said in an early post, Venice has Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 10.52.36 PMalways intrigued me and I am certainly not disappointed at spending a few days here.  Both Kim and I say this is a place where we could spend some serious time at.

Blessings,

pb

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 10.52.22 PMOh, and by the way there are a few things that are universal around the world although

you might need to look a little close to find them.Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 10.53.30 PM