I. Venice (Isola Burano and San Marco on Easter)


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April 4th 2010
Published: April 25th 2010
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Sunday, April 4, Easter

We rose and took the water bus to San Marco, the famous square in Venice. We waited in line for a long time to get into the Basilica di San Marco--after all it was Easter! We couldn't enter the basilica proper because of the Easter mass, but we were able to enter the museum and climb the tower. From the museum, it was possible to look over in the basilica from the balcony, and wow! The whole interior is done is golden mosaic! it was completely breathtaking. The strong smell of incense, mixed with the angelic singing of the choir below and the overwhelming luminosity of the space was incredible. Cyntia gets antsy when she is anywhere for too long, so she went ahead, and I stayed for a while just looking out into the basilica.

Afterwords, we went out onto the tower, where the whole square was visible: what a sight! We then descended to find something to eat. We looked at the menus in the square just for kicks and saw that they were advertising an 8,50 euro cappuccino (that's about 13 USD). No thanks! We wove through the dense streets
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view to the left
in the area and found a takeaway pizza place where I got a slice for 2 euro.

Then we decided to take the water bus to Burano, an island known for it's colorful houses and fishing culture. It was grey and stormy-looking outside, which was unfortunate, but after a 45 minute ride we were there. The island itself felt rather empty, and I wondered where all the people who lived there were. We strolled around and looked for somewhere to have a proper lunch. Everything seemed pricey and we couldn't agree on anything, so we kept going up and down the same street looking at the menus. Finally we settled on some place, but we had to wait a long time to get our order taken. By the time we ate it was close to 4:00pm, and we were both tired. Our frazzled Italian waitress seemed to be making a lot of people mad because she was forgetting orders and forgetting that she'd told people outside they would have a table soon (45 minutes ago). But Cyntia and I ate, and around 5:00pm we finally got out of there--what a relief! I liked Burano, but I imagine that it's
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Basilica San Marco, inside
a place that really sings when it's sunny out. My favorite island we visited was by far San Michele.

We walked around the island some more, and then took the water bus back to the stop closest to our hostel. For Easter dinner, the hostel staff made a delicious lasagna dinner fro 3 euro--what a deal! We ate and then called it an early night. It had been a very tiring day!


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famous sculpture
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San Marco--couldn't get the whole facade
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Burano!
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yes, the tower really is crooked


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