Sixth Destination on my Dream Trip Around the World
08.06.2015 25 °C
After a 1 hour and 5 minute flight that cost me about $400.00, I have now arrived at my hotel, the Hotel Danieli. The distance between the two cities is approximately 360 kilometres. Furthermore, I had originally planned to drive between the two cities, but the rental car company did not have any vehicles available.
As my flight arrived early in the afternoon, I still have time to do some sightseeing today. The first thing I will do is something I feel no one should leave out on a visit to Venice - a gondola ride through the city's famous waterways. The tour I have purchased tickets for will take me - on a gondola, of course - through the Grand Canal, starting at the city's west end and culminating in the east, before heading back to where it began via the narrower secondary waterways. After my gondola ride, I plan to eat dinner at Ristorante Alle Corone, a restaurant which I have heard serves some of the best seafood in Venice.
I have just finished my seafood dinner and I am currently back in my hotel room preparing for bed. The gondola ride through the waterways did not disappoint me and was in fact, more magical and picturesque than I expected it to be. All in all, my first day in Venice could not have been more enjoyable! I hope that my second and last day in Venice will be as good as today.
Today, I will be visiting Piazza San Marco, the main Plaza in Venice, and one of the city's most popular attractions. The Piazza is the political and religious centre of Venice and located on the Piazza, is St. Mark's Basilica, a structure which dates back to the eleventh century AD. I will be taking a tour of the Basilica, as well as it's bell tower, the Campanile. This tower, standing at almost 100 metres tall, is one of Venice's most recognizable landmarks.
The interior of the Basilica was absolutely beautiful, particularly because it consisted of many elaborate sculptures, paintings and other details which contribute to its grandeur. In addition, the observation deck at the top of the Campanile provided me with a spectacular lookout over the Piazza and the rest of Venice. Currently, I am enjoying a coffee at Cafe Florian, which, located on the Piazza itself, is the oldest cafe in the world. Apart from that, it also serves some of the best coffee I've ever tasted! After I finish my light snack here at the cafe, I will travel by boat to the Island of Murano, situated in the Laguna Veneta about 1.5 kilometres north of Venice. The island is famous for its glass-making and thus, my time there will be spent at a glass factory, where I will watch a demonstration of the making of Murano glass. I hope to buy a couple of pieces to take home with me to add to my collection.
My trip to Murano was a really interesting experience and I learned a lot about the glass-making process. However, after a long day of sightseeing and exploration in this splendid maritime city, I am now tired and ready for bed. Tomorrow, I will be off to the seventh destination in my trip around the world - Almaty, Kazakhstan.