Monday, June 30, 2008

September 12 2007 - Venice (II)

A trip to Venice will never be complete without taking a ride on these,

Gondola!

After all, Venice is surrounded by canals, so the best way to experience the city is of course by these boats..

This is the gondola stop

The gondola is small, so there's a limit of maximum 5 person on 1 gondola..

Jason, me, Brain, Denil, our gondolianer @ oarsman at the back

Handsome Bing again

Tour mates on another gondola

Tour mates again

40 0f us on 8 gondolas going in 1 line is pretty grand,

Angmoh tourists all watching curiously

Photo taken by our gondolianer

This is taken at the Canal Grande @ Grand Canal, which is like, the main canal of Venice.. if comparing to roads, it is like the main road. The bridge at the back is the Ponte di Rialto @ Rialto Bridge. It's the oldest and most famous bridge in Venice..

Let's show u something that reminds me of The Italian Job again..

If u watched the movie, remember the boat chase scene during the initial heist?

They used boats like these

And the Polizia @ police boats...

Does this look similar?

Anyway, here's another photo of the Grand Canal

Federal Highway Venice canal traffic jam

Since Venice is a tourist haven, gondola jams like these are common.. however, during the boat chase in The Italian Job, the gondolas miraculously are almost non existent..

Pink crocodile

Not sure if this crocodile is an attraction or not, but since it's unique...

Besides the gondolas and canals, Venice is famous for another thing,

Murano glass

Murano glass generally refers to glass products made by craftsmen from Murano, a smaller island very close to Venice island. They have a showroom on the main island anyway..

And the art of Murano glass blowing is highly confidential, no cameras allowed throughout the glass blowing demo, and they have people keeping a close watch at all of us, all the while, so unlike Amsterdam's Red Light District, we really can't curi snap some photos in here..

After the glass blowing demo, we were given some time to wander around ourselves..

Venice alley can be very narrow

Open air restaurants and cafes

In my previous post, I mentioned that Venice is the same 365 days a year, so there's really no point trying to plan for a date with least tourists around. I'm going to reinforce my claim with more photos..

See?

See??

See???

Well, u can say that I'm over-exaggerating, since the photos were taken on the same day, on holiday season.. if that's what u think, I'll gladly challenge u to prove me wrong XD

1 last photo before we make our way back to the boat leaving Venice

On the boat already, with our McD lunch

I realized I haven't really featured our tour guide Paul before...

This is Paul 哥 (Paul Gor)

Leaving Venice, heading to Rome.. it was a very very very long journey, 6 hours plus on the road, so there's no Chinese dinner tonight, only a quick dinner in 1 of the service area..

Here

Actually, we will only be heading into Rome tomorrow morning. Today we will just be going to our hotel and check in..

Grand Hotel Primus

If u try to find Grand Hotel Primus thru google, you'll end up with a hotel in Slovenia. It's actually Grand Primus Hotel, not sure why they wanna put their name like this at the entrance..

We will be spending 2 nights in the same hotel for the 1st time, finally we can do some DIY laundry in the hotel room :)

Next up will be tour of Rome...

2 comments:

Simon Ho said...

Murano glass really that confidential? must be a one of a kind thing. but i haven't seen how it looks like. Got pics of those sold anot?

RealGunners said...

aiya... yeah.. they have the shop also.. but dunno where the pics went ~.~" mayb u can google for murano glass, see got anot..