Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Gondolas and wanderings

Gondolas define Venice for a lot of tourists, although they are quite expensive. Still, they make for some pretty photos and there is even a monument in the Lagoon to the gondoliers.

This sculpture, although it looks rather like a gondola, is actually called "Dante's Barge," and was done by the Russian sculptor Georgy Frangulyan as part of the 2007 Venice Bienale. It depicts Virgil and Dante preparing to go to the afterlife and is, appropriately, moored near San Michele, the cemetery island of Venice.

In our wanderings, we found the 1591 Rialto bridge, one of four bridges over the Grand Canal

Harry’s Bar, opened in 1931 (rather unprepossessing, I thought, for a place frequented by Toscanini, Chaplin, Orson Welles and Truman Capote)

The Arsenale, reminding you of the Republic of Venice’s history as a naval power and now hosting the Venice Biennale:

...and the lovely and serene Santa Maria della Salute:

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