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Trip to Venice

While back in the UK earlier in August, Amy and I took a side trip to Venice, Italy for just a few days.

It's a fairly short flight out of East Midlands Airport into Venice. You ride on a quick bus from the airport to Piazzale Roma and then leave the wheels behind. There really are no cars. Boats, water or by foot are the only means of getting around the city. And that goes for everything else too - food, water, produce, fish and trash. Oakley_20090803_0827

History runs deep and is inextricable from the identity of the city. That said, by visiting in August (holiday season) the ratio of tourists to Venetians was a bit out of balance. We did find ourselves some escape from the crowds later on, however. Oakley_20090804_0721

Gondolas share the water with taxis and huge vaporetto water-buses. It's a wild confusion of traffic. Servezio Gondole

The Palazzo Ducale di Venezia (Doge's Palace) afforded some relief from the heat. The huge ornate rooms are very impressive. And some of the maps depicting the geographic understanding of the world hundreds of years ago were fascinating. Oakley_20090804_0790

The view from the Campanile in Piazza San Marco offers a stunning view of the city. From up there the density of the buildings completely explains the tight mesh of alleys and walkways throughout. View from the Campanile in Venice

Another fun trip.

Full Venice photos on Flickr.