After a dreary travel day and grey skies on our first day in Venice, we were excited to see the sun shining on our second day.
We decided to head out on a walk toward the market area and, as always, enjoyed the sights along the way.
We got to the market in late morning (not wanting to disturb our leisurely morning routine), so we missed the hustle and bustle. But we still got to see everything and get a taste of what it was like.
Next, we walked to the Friar Church. This was an interesting church to tour, since it was done in a completely different type of architecture than we had been seeing for days – Gothic. The exterior is rather plain, but the inside was quite interesting, and had a number of impressive sculptures (but no photos allowed).
Then we walked to the northern end of the Grand Canal.
The reason we headed up to the north end of the Grand Canal was because we wanted to take a leisurely vaparetto ride down the Canal to see all of the sights. We had sort of done this on the day of our arrival, but that day we took the express boat, and since it was cold and raining, it just wasn’t the same.
After reaching the southern end of the Grand Canal, we decided to visit the Doge’s Palace. (The Doge was the elected leader of Venice.) To be honest, neither of us were too enthralled by the palace. By this point, we had toured so many impressive churches and seen such interesting architecture, and this one just didn’t too much for us.
Our final stop for the day was to the Campanella, the tall clock tower on St. Mark’s Square. We enjoyed some amazing views from the top.
When we got back to our hotel, the man at the front desk asked us if we were interested in sharing a gondola ride with two other couples. I hadn’t quite yet convinced Craig that a gondola ride was a must-do (although most certainly it was!), mostly because they’re really expensive. So, this was a good opportunity to get the experience but do so a bit more economically. The gondola picked us up from our hotel’s own little dock and we toured the small canals for about 45 minutes. We were both really glad that we did this, since we saw a very different view of Venice than we could obtain by foot.
After taking a bit of a break, we walked back to the place we had tried to go to for dinner the night before. Thankfully, it was open this time! Our meal was pretty good, although Craig’s scallops were a bit disappointing. One great treat was the complimentary limoncello as an after-dinner drink. Yum!
If that seemed like a long, busy day (it took me over an hour just to set up this post!), it was. This is what Craig looked like at the end of the day!