Up bright and early again this morning we took a train from our hotel to venice and then a private boat to San Marco (the main plaza of Venice). We went and saw a glass blowing demonstartion at one of the famed Murano glass makers. It was amazing how quickly he could deisign a piece while the glass was cooling.

Next we went on a guided walking tour of the city. We learned all about the history and many offerings that the city has. Venice is famous for it’s Murano glass; Murano is one of the islands in Venice; and hand painted Carnival Masks. Venice is made up of hundreds of small islands connected through a series of canals and bridges. It’s really amazing to see the houses which essentially rise from the water.

bridge of sighs

We had the afternoon to explore on our own. Unfortunately the weather didn’t agree and it was pouring rain for most of the day. We checked out the many small shops and had a long lunch, then miraculously the skies cleared for our gondola ride before dinner.

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