Monday, May 19, 2014

Images of Venice

May 19, 2014

Everyone has seen pictures of Venice, so I thought I would post a few that the travel magazines don't include.

Too Much Luggage

A common sight in Venice is people with way too much luggage.  I don't know how they get their luggage up and down the cobblestone paths and up and over steps on the bridges.  I brought ONE carry-on bag.  Not only did I save luggage fees, but my baggage ended up in Venice with me.  I would never have made my connection at JFK if I had to collect my luggage and then re-check it.

I don't know how this poor woman is going anywhere with her three bags.

Beggars

Begging must be a Monday-Friday job - we didn't see any over the weekend.

This beggar woman ran away when I tried to take her picture, but there is more to the story.  While we were in line to see the Doge's Palace, this woman came up to us all hunched up and crippled-looking, asking for money.  My husband poked me and said, "I need to tell you more about that woman."

Earlier, he had seen the woman stroll by at a good clip with no sign of a disability.  She then started to get into character, by putting on her ragged scarf and walking hunched over.

Two hours later when we came out of the Palace's back door, there she was again.  At lightning pace, she fled from my attempted photo.

Gondola Traffic Jam

I thought for sure I couldn't go to Venice without taking a gondola ride, even if it was a little expensive.  From what I've seen, it doesn't look romantic or fun.  I'll do without.

Tomorrow we're off to Slovenia.

6 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us! I would love to go here one day but it's good to know about the luggage, the beggar, and definitely the gondolas - that one's kind of disappointing.

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    1. The gondola traffic jams were very disappointing and we are not even in the height of tourist season yes, but Venice is wonderful.

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  2. Only a carry on bag for your whole European trip? I pack a huge bag just for an overnighter! Venice looks beautiful. Have a great trip!

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    1. I'm only into five days of the trip and so far so good with what I brought. But I'll see if I can survive the next ten with so little.

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  3. How exciting! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a wonderful vacation!

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  4. I'm loving your thoughts on your trip! Hope you have a wonderful time...you have most definitely earned it. And I hear you also miraculously cured a crippled lady!! You have talents we didn't even realize. ;) Enjoy and be safe! Carrie

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