We started off where we had lunch at the Ponte dell'Accademia. The number 1 boat cruised up the Grand Canal back to the bus station where we began our Venice experience.
|The Grand Canal is THE major highway in town|
We saw lots of amazing buildings to see along the way. They are charming even without any history behind them.
|Lots of parking and nice arches!|
|A long row of houses|
The number 1 boat makes many stops along the way at little stations like the Rialto station.
|Fancier than any bus stop in England!|
We saw some of the more common sights around here, namely guys hanging out, gondolas taking tourists for rides, and canal-side dining.
|These guys need beers!|
|We did not do this, alas!|
|We did dine by Canal-side, but not at this restaurant|
We saw another of the bridges, the famous Rialto Bridge (at least, the guide book said it was famous).
|The Rialto Bridge|
Many other bridges of all shapes and sizes can be found in Venice.
|Side canal with pedestrian bridge|
|A large Klimt exhibit was in town, possibly sponsoring the Ponte degli Scalzi|
|Trees! Oh, and a bridge too.|
|The train bridge is not very pretty at all|
|Another random bridge|
We became curious about the traffic laws that governed the canals, especially when we saw many cryptic and not so cryptic signs.
|Do not enter, if you have eagle eyesight.|
|One way/no motor boats?|
|7 is the speed limit?|
Another common sight, that would be more common the next day when the Vaporetto workers would be on strike, was the water taxi.
|Just a little bit of yellow in the window to let you know|
A lot of churches are found along the Grand Canal, including one named after our daughter!
|San Simeone Piccolo|
Artistic works are also on display from the water, though not as much as you would think.
|That little one is pretty life-like|
|Whoops, that's not art, it's a train station!|
On our way back to the hotel, we saw another massive, gleaming yacht that Jacob wanted to ride. If only they would sell us some tickets!
|This was not on the Grand Canal, in case you were wondering|
It was fun to ride around Venice to see some sights from the water.