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                            Venice, Italy                                 



Venice was founded in the 1st century AD by the Venetians seeking shelter from Goth attack. It was a world power from the 12th to the 14th century and controlled the Mediterranean trade until the 17th century. The Grand Canal is the showcase of its history, with nearly every pallazio  bearing the name of a once- grand family.

This city is a unique and one of our favorite.              

Saint Mark's Basilica. The cathedral of Venice, is the most famous of the city's churches and one of the best known examples of Byzantine architecture. The first St Mark's was a temporary building in the Doge's Palace, constructed in 828, when Venetian merchants stole the supposed relics of Saint-Mark the Evangelist from Alexandria.

The carvings on the upper profile of the facade date from the 15th century.

Ran out of our Hotel in Venice at 6am to get this picture of the Piazza Saint-Mark before the crowds. It is one of my favorite pictures.


St Mark's Campanile is the bell tower of St Mark's Basilica. located in the square (piazza) of the same name. It is a recognizable symbol of the city.The tower is capped by a pyramidal spire, at the top of which sits a golden weather vane in the form of the archangel Gabriel. The campanile reached its present form in 1514. As it stands today, however, the tower is a reconstruction, completed in 1912 after the collapse of 1902.   




A little stiff, am I ...Oh well, must have been one of those "take a picture" poses. 


Venice stretches across 118 small islands in the marshy Venetian lagoon along the Adriatic Sea in northeast Italy. The saltwater lagoon stretches along the shoreline between the mouths of the Po (south) and the Plave (north) Rivers. The population estimate of 272,000 inhabitants.

The gondola is a traditional Venetian rowing boat. Gondolas were for centuries the chief means of transportation within Venice and still have a role in public transport, serving as ferries over the Grand Canal. Their primary role, however, is to carry tourists on rides at established prices. We did not try one during our stay. It is quite pricey...

Built to commemorate the end of the 1630 plague, this monumental Baroque church is one of Venice's most imposing buildings.


The Bridge of Sighs is one of many bridges in Venice. It passes over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the old prisons to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace It was designed by Antoni Contino and built in 1602.

The view from the Bridge of Sighs was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment. The name "Bridge of Sighs" was reportedly given by the British poet Lord Byron.


Following WWII — and her 1946 divorce from Max Ernst — Peggy Guggenheim closed teh Art of this Century Gallery in 1947, and returned to Europe; deciding to live in Venice. In 1948, she was invited to exhibit her collection in the disused Greek Pavilion of the Venice Biennale and eventually established herself in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal.

Her collection became one of the few European collections of modern art to promote a significant amount of works by Americans.

Here's Judy posing at the Grand Canal entrance to the museum.


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