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...Ciao Italia - Day 6 - Venezia

arriving in Venezia
mask anyone?!
my Sayang sharing d wealth
We took d opportunity today to travel north...to Venezia (Venice), d floating city that we have seen on numerous occasions on various screens. D journey by EuroStar was for slightly more than 2.5 hours n it was jam-packed. Arriving there it was quite a fantastic sight...a city that is surrounded by water...literally. As there is no bus (d land type laa)...n d water taxi was quite steep in price, we just walked all d way while in Venezia.

U'll easily get lost in d maze of buildings...like we did...so, a map is a must as we could not find any 'official' signage for directions to all d interesting places there. But d hikmah is that we got to see d non-touristy side of d city...how its residents go about with their lives. Amazing gak to observe this car-less city...truly pedestrian-oriented...in addition to d waterways laa of course. It d end, it was quite tiring to walk all around Venezia...but an unforgettable experience nonetheless...


d view that greets u once u disembark from Venezia Tutte Le Stazioni (Venice's train station)


before anything...foto op dulu on one of d many bridges


...d familiar shape of d Venetian gondola...d 1st that we encountered that day...n d busy waterway


...wet market pun ada in d middle of d city...don't really know catering to d locals...or d tourists


one of Venezia's famous products r d glass items from one of its island...Murano. May be that is where Nissan got d name for its SUV...hhmm


d city also has many piazzas...normally fronting a church as usual...n with landings for d gondolas n other boats


d waterway is d hiway for Venezia...u can see a goods delivery boat on d right n a boat used for ferrying construction materials next to it. That particular building is undergoing renovation or repair of some sort


we came across this black n white Venezian cat...sihat bukan main...lots of fresh seafood gamaknye


another foto op...on another bridge over d canal


nearing Piazza San Marco...lots of hotels fronting this area


operatorless gondolas...in Canale Della Giudecca waterway


as in many Italian cities, there r many artists displaying n selling their work...this drawing shows Venezia's various landmarks


info on Doge's Palace...work started pre-Melaka Sultan era...may be


one of d most famous Venezia's landmarks...Piazza San Marcod n d Campanile tower. Si Roger Federer pun ada kat situ.


d usual suspects...


nice colors for d buildings...maintenance tinggi kott bcoz of d sea water


looks like they r using kayu bakau to me...


posing kat notice board pulak...


...n this guy is trying to convince d rest to come to his concerto


within d piazza...live band was playing @ one of d ristorante


more info to immerse yourself in


details of d Campanile tower...the tallest structure in Venice


tabik spring kat this uncle...eventho it was hot n humid, he managed to put on a 3-piece suit to wait d tables. 4-piece kekalau dia pakai singlet...hihi


ballroom mask...another Venezian signature...many tourists bought it as souvenirs too


d most famous of all Venezian bridges...Ponte di Rialta


foto op jap next to d Rialta


n as usual...businesses on Ponte di Rialta...very touristy eekk


later in d day...while on board d train to Firenze n then Prato...in d distance cruise ship can be seen...waiting for its passengers to 'plunder' Venezia. Ciao Venezia...thanks for d experience




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