Venice is a marvelous, miraculous city. Built on ten million tree trunks, as a refuge for those fleeing the destruction of the Roman Empire in the 400's, it's been a symbol of independence and prosperity for centuries. Though it's now in decline, it still shines brightly. The Venetian Republic ruled much of the world, and was an economic and cultural powerhouse, for over a millennium, and in so doing left its stamp on many lands. The evidence of that dominance can still be seen today, in the architecture, artwork, culture, and vigor of the area.
We were blessed to be able to stay in an historic area, the Old Ghetto. Our Jewish neighbors gladdened our hearts with their celebration of Shabbat each Friday evening. We enjoyed cichetti (small plates) at wonderful little cafes along the canals, gazed with delight at ancient buildings and statues, gaped in awe at the grandeur of St. Michael's Basilica, listened and watched in wonder as Vivaldi was brought to life before us, and, of course, expressed our love on a gondola ride under the bridges of Venice!
For more on our trip, you'll find pictures and captions here. Enjoy!