Monday, April 30, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
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Sunday, April 22, 2012
|View from the Doge's Palace|
Naturally the first day we spent exploring the usual tourist attractions; Piazza San Marco, the Doge's Palace, San Marco itself, and the Correr Museum. My husband and I are both very interested in history, so our itinerary really focused on historic landmarks and museums. We loved the Roman statuary, maps, coins, chopines (!), paintings, and enormous globes at the Correr Museum, but as with many of the places with visited we could neither take photos (which is completely understandable) nor were there postcard photos or photo-heavy books available for purchase, so our memories of the items in the collection will have to suffice.
|Piazza San Marco from the lagoon|
|The so-called "Giant's Staircase" at the top of which the Doges were crowned|
|Hall of the Great Council. Around the walls are images of every Doge, except for one who was painted out for being a traitor.|
|The Scala D'Oro, or Golden Staircase. Yes, that's all gold on the ceiling.|
After our dinner we ran a few streets over to enjoy an evening of opera arias, performed in an 18th-century building by singers and instrumentalists in 18th century costume. That made a lovely end to our evening. Sadly we had assumed that no photos could be taken and left our camera at the hotel, when in fact we could have.
|Leather-wrapped cannon, 16th century|
|Napoleonic naval uniform|
|Ca Rezzonico Staircase from entryway|
|Ca Rezzonico ballroom|
We enjoyed some streetfood (and about our third helping of gelato), but were just too tired from walking around to make it to anymore museums, even though it meant missing the Costume and Textiles museum at Ca Mocenigo. It's good to leave something for the next trip. The next day we rolled our suitcases back to the Piazzale Roma and took the train from there to the cruise port to catch our ship, the Norwegian Jade, for the next leg of our journey.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Once again this year I'd like to take a moment to remember those lost, hurt, and otherwise affected by the massacre at Virginia Tech in 2007. Today I found myself thinking particularly of the children of those I knew, who are now old enough to ask what happened to their fathers. I hope that a measure of healing has been achieved, and I look forward to a day when this kind of tragedy is less prevalent in the world.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies." -Oscar Wilde
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
So remember, next time that you feel small and ordinary, you are made from stars.