Monday, August 13, 2012

Venice: Day Two

The first thing Emma wanted to do the next day was feed the pigeons in Pigeon Times Square (aka Palazzo San Marco and St. Mark's Square). 
We honestly didn't know that we weren't supposed to feed the pigeons. You know, monkey see, monkey do. Then the Pigeon Police arrived and the feeding came to an end. Emma was really sad until she saw this video which made her very happy.
We happened to come across San Maurizio, a former church which now serves as a music museum for string instruments. We popped inside for a few minutes and were glad that we did. It was quite interesting and the instruments were beautiful. I walked away wishing I could play a cello! As you can see in the background of these photos, the building still looks like a church.
We wandered around for awhile enjoying the sites along the way. This is another church (there are quite a few churches in Venice) which is called St. Mary of the Lily. The only thing I know about it is that it now serves as some sort of museum, but it was closed. I think the carvings are beautiful.
How would you like this to be your street?
This building, the Church of La Pieta, is a former orphanage. "From 1703 until 1740 Antonio Vivaldi directed the musical groups and wrote numerous oratorios, cantatas and vocal pieces for the Pieta choir, and the church became famous for its performances. The church is now a popular venue for concerts, with a strong emphasis on the music of Vivaldi." (DK Eyewitness Travel: Venice, page 112.)
This is an art museum. I love its windows. I wish we'd had time to explore it. 
More random Venice pics...
We decided to take a ferry to Murano. "Like the city of Venice, Murano comprises a cluster of small islands, connected by bridges. It has been the centre of the glassmaking industry since 1291, when the furnaces and glass craftsmen were moved here from the city, prompted by the risk of fire to the buildings and the disagreeable effects of the smoke.

Historically Murano owes its prosperity entirely to glass. From the late 13th century, when the population numbered over 30,000, Murano enjoyed self-government, minted its own coins and had its own Golden Book listing members of the aristocracy. In the 15th and 16th centuries it was the principal glass-producing centre in Europe. Murano's glass artisans were granted unprecedented privileges, but for those who left the island to found businesses elsewhere there were severe penalties--even death... Some of the factories are now derelict,  but glass is still produced in vast quantities." When we got there, we were disappointed to realize that the factories and museums were closed on Sundays. Still, there was much to enjoy. 
Emma's favorite animal is a dolphin. As we were strolling through Murano, Papa spotted a glass dolphin necklace that he bought for Emma. If you click on this photo, I think you'll be able to see it.
This church, built in the early 1500s, is called San Pietro Martire.
This looks like a small version of the Campanile in St. Mark's Square.
Here it is from the opposite side.
Check this out~it's a large glass structure. It is so cool!
Emma loves her uncles sooooooooo much, and they love her even more. Here she is with Keaton. This is just so sweet!
We really enjoyed walking around Murano. It was very quiet when we were there, probably because the factories were all closed. We came across this building, which had a small courtyard.
Guess what Emma found? Another Pigeon Times Square!
She also found another cold water fountain. I'm telling you, those are the best things EVER because nobody puts their mouths on them. At least I hope they don't.
We came across the uptown part of Murano. Check out these houses.
I love this brick church, the Basilica del Santi Maria a Donato, dates back to the 12th century.
I know I've told you about our dear California friends, Mark and Cheri Ranieri. As we strolled along the docks of Murano, we came across this boat. Funny, huh?
After realxing for awhile along the water's edge, we headed back to Venice.
We found a wonderful little restaruant along the water where we settled in for yet another fabulous meal.
And, of course, we picked up gelato along the way. Keaton, Brittany, and Emma sat outside of our apartment to watch the gondolas. I took this photo from our apartment balcony.
That's it for today. One more Venice post, then on to Paris!

1 comment:

Christy Lynn said...

Yep, I thought I read in one of the guidebooks how it's illegal to feed the pigeons. The Italians really don't like 'em! Those cellos sure are beautiful...if they'd had string instruments in my school district I might have played violin or something instead of flute and piccolo. Love the sound of them, there's a fantastic violin solo in one of my favorite classical pieces, Scheherazade...when my high school performed it, the solo was done by a flute and a piccolo. But wait, weren't we talking about Italy? I digress!