A character at our "Venice Festival" party. These tall mysterious figures called "Masks" appear at Mardi Gras, walking about among the crowds and never speaking. They also make great photo ops! At the end of the party they were unmasked, and turned out to be members of the ship's crew pressured into service by the cruise director.
Venice April 14th 2005 Venice was a blast. We cruised into its beautiful harbor early one morning and were greeted by a strange sight: a large beautiful city busy with foot traffic and boats along its waterfront, but not a vehicle in sight anywhere! Mile after mile of beautiful old buildings seemly perched directly atop the water, interspersed with canals alive with pole-driven gondolas, taxis (motorboats) and buses ( ... read more
Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the city-states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL II. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI establis... ... read more