Saturday, January 07, 2012

Venice: The final chapter

Last week I finally finished off my trip to Strasbourg, and today I bring you an even older voyage - my November 2010 trip to Venice. I've already posted photos of Venice in Venice Wanderings by Water and Land, Around St. Mark's Square, Signs of Venice, St. Marks - details, St Mark's Interior, and Acqua Alta! and written about the trip in Venice Day 1, Venice Day 2 (original) and Last Day in Venice. Yet, unbelievably, there's more! I think I mentioned in one of the posts that I took 846 photos in the few days I was there. I had a pretty exhausting time of it, and saw a lot, although there was still lots of stuff I didn't get to see that I would have liked to. Even so, I'm not sure whether I'd go back. I left satisfied with my trip, let's put it that way. As you can see from the titles, most of the photos I posted already were wandering around Venice and in and around St. Mark's.

So I will finish up with photos from the main "sights" I went to, starting with the Accademia Gallery, which I saw on Day 1:



One of a series of trompe l'oeil paintings hung high up in the gallery


I wish I knew who this unfinished painting was by. Amazing use of perspective.




I learnt on my tour of the Doge's Palace that this technique - tying someone's hands behind their back and stringing them up - was the favoured way of torturing prisoners


Old painting of gondolas on the canals


Detail of someone taking his widdle doggie for a boat ride

Afterwards, I went to the Scuola di San Rocco, where the ceilings are dripping with canvases by Tintoretto. I got told off for taking photos, but it was worth it. Magnificent.






I finished up my first full day in Venice with a vaporetto ride down the Grand Canal by night:





On Day 2 I took a tour of the Doge's Palace, visited St. Mark's Cathedral and did a bit of wandering around the Ghetto, all of which is covered in text and photos in earlier posts (although here's a couple of extra photos of the courtyard of the Doge's Palace).







However, I've yet to post any pictures of the inside of the La Fenice opera house, where I also took a (audioguide) tour that day. As I recall, they were pretty strict on taking photos, but here's a few I managed to sneak in:


The lobby


One of the reception rooms upstairs


The ceiling in the opera hall itself


Me reflected in the mirror in I suppose the royal box or something

A few more miscellaneous shots:

















4 comments:

  1. You are one traveling chica! I really don't take advantage of the fact that I live in Europe enough.

    Sidenote: I keep thinking about your previous post and it's inspiring me to get the ball rolling on my little project...thanks Gwan! :)

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  2. Hey that's really great! I would love to hear more about it!

    I wish I got to travel more really, but not rolling in $$ unfortunately...

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  3. I was supposed to go to Italy (not Venice) in a couple of weeks and didn't mind that the trip was cancelled until I looked at your photos. You're fairly casual about the "few more miscellaneous shots" that are actually beautiful pictures of the canals and have me thinking that Paris isn't all that great right now. ;)

    Dinner time - and it's gotta be spaghetti tonight.

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  4. Thanks :) I'm sorry to make you sad about missing out on Italy though! I'm hope there will be other opportunities to visit!

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