Thursday, September 21, 2017

Italy Trip - 17, Venice, A

Hi, Venice was the final port on our cruise in April and early May of 2016. We elected to spend three additional nights there before flying home.

We took a vaporetto (water bus) from the airport to the hub at St. Marks Square. There were a number of kiosks there selling tourist items including masks.

Walking to our hotel from here with our luggage we had to cross some foot bridges. It was a trek.

As in most European cities, flowers are used profusely to decorate windows.

A gondola serves as a ferry to cross the Grand Canal (above and below).

The white building is a theater next door to our hotel.

This was our first view of the Grand Canal.

Ruthe and I took a walk which provided numerous opportunities to photograph gondolas negotiating the canals.

We encountered this interesting door knocker.

This awning (above) protected the entrance to a building (below).

This is a typical square.

These musicians were playing for the customers of an outdoor restaurant fronting on St. Marks Square and

a street artist sketched people.

Some views from St. Marks Square (above and two below).

There were a few yachts docked along the larger waterways.

In addition to vaporettos speed boats functioned as water taxis.

We took a vaporetto on the Grand Canal and the Canalle Della Giudecca (above and below).

We found the architecture in Venice very interesting.

The next morning we explored the Grand Canal. There was a lot of commercial traffic.

To be continued. Thanks for looking.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Italy Trip - 16, Ravenna, Italy

Hi, Ravenna, Italy was the next to last stop on our cruise. The city is known for the mosaics in its religious structures.

We took a bus from the port, which the ship ran as a shore excursion, into town and then walked to one of the famous churches (above and four below).

The church we visited was the Basilica di San Vitale (above and 11 below). It is UNESCO World Heritage site, one of eight structures listed in Ravenna.

We took many photos of the mosaics. Here are some of them (above and five below). They were all over, on the ceilings, floors, and columns.

When we returned to the ship we noticed these large structures at the port with huge fishing nets. We believe they are used by commercial fishermen.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Italy Trip - 15, Kotor, Montenegro

Hi, Its been early January since I last posted on the trip Ruthe and I took to southern Europe. In this post our cruise continues to the town of Kotor in Montenegro. The town lies near the end of the bay of Kotor. We had traveled in this bay in 2010 on another cruise. This time we had the opportunity to land and explore the town.

Here are some of the views as the ship approached the town (above and five below).

This church was halfway up a mountain overlooking the town (above and two below).

Note the church in the upper right corner.

What follows are some photos we took as we wondered around town. The town had many squares.

Part of the old defensive wall still remains.

There were a number of churches and we wandered into this one when it started to rain.

It was possible to walk along the top of the old wall in places.

We thought this apron worth a photo.

From the ship as we departed.

Thanks for looking.