We are writing to you guys from Venice Italy, the next stop in our whirl wind Burpee’s Everywhere Tour. This stop in our tour is very special to us because it’s been a big dream of ours to see Venice and experience it first hand. It’s a place that has been the backdrop of so many movies that you almost get the sense that you should know what to expect, but the truth is both Zuzana & I were both completely unprepared for how strikingly beautiful it really is.
Once again I will be your tour guide through our travel album This picture made the cut just because of how crazy my hair looks.
The famous “barber” poles. Most of the poles along the canal are actually unpainted.
We took a taxi boat through the grand canal. When you hail a taxi the driver will quote you a price. It’s worth paying just a little bit extra to take the longer tour through the grand canal. There are shorter routes, but the view along the main waterway is spectacular and something you won’t want to miss. I would also suggest that you ask at least 2 taxi’s for a price. We paid considerably less on the way back with a different driver and boat.
In this picture you can see Gondolas preparing to dock.
If you want to keep a bit of a garden in Venice, the only place to practice your green thumb are window boxes. Most of the houses had flowers and greens growing in the windows.
It’s hard to take a bad picture (even with your iphone). Almost everywhere you look is a postcard waiting to happen.
I wish we knew more about the various sites and points of interest. Zuzana & I tend to just throw ourselves into our travels without a lot of prep time for researching or studying guidebooks. We like to travel like this because it makes the experience more of an adventure.
Here is Zuzana on one of the many little bridges that span the waterways.
Pausing to take in the view on our way to dinner. It can take a long time to walk anywhere because you can get lost in all of the beautiful views.
This is the front window of the little restaurant where we enjoyed the best tasting fish soup we have ever had.
Zuzana & her “American Coffee.” Italy is home of the tiny expresso, so if you want a regular coffee ask for an “Americano” and don’t forget to ask for hot or cold milk or they will serve it to you black.
We ate our dinner right on the bank of the grand canal. The restaurant was full of lights, laughter and animated conversation. Italians express themselves a lot with their hands A small travel tip: the best food can be often found away from the main squares and points of touristic interest. Find a place where you can hear the local language being spoken by the diners – in this case Italian. If the locals are eating there then chances are it must be good.
Here I am with the gear I haul with me when we shoot.
We wanted very much to take a Gondola ride, but the day ran out before we could hire one. Here you can see the Gondolier opening a bottle of what looks like Rose wine for his passengers. We passed many parties on the water enjoying sips of wine during their tour.
Here I am just feeling totally relaxed and content and taking in a little bit of sunshine.
The view from the back of our taxi. The passengers typically ride in the back of the boat which is great because it gives you enough space to really enjoy the ride. They call them “taxi’s” but I think that they are closer to taking a limo
Shooting our video – have you guys watched it yet?
Today’s question is what is this building?
The larger boats are the equivalent of the buses that you would take in a regular city. We didn’t realize that there was a public transportation system until part way through our taxi ride up the cannal.
The Doges’ Palace.
Children playing with pigons. The birds were landing all over them and eating from their hands. My mother would have killed me…
The Bell Tower of St. Mark’s.
The Bell Tower and the Clock Tower in the background. We didn’t linger too long here after our Burpees because it was very crowded.
We hope that you guys enjoyed our travel pictures from Venice – we are planning on going back one day because we missed taking a Gondola ride
See you at our next stop.
Best, Freddy & Zuzana