Our next stop was St Mark's Basilica. We were fortunate that the waters had mostly receded and that queues were minimal to enter St Mark's. Inside, beautiful Byzantine mosaics decorated the walls and the tiled floor dipped where centuries of tidal waters had left their mark. It cost us only five euros each to climb upwards to St Mark's outdoor terrace and to view its fascinating museum. Silence was requested and no photography was allowed inside.
A quick photo of the Bridge of Sighs next door, and we couldn't resist the opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful weather by cruising the canal for a fifty minute ride in our own water taxi! It was the same price as our gondola ride, but heaps more fun and much longer. Departing from Piazza San Marco,we saw museums and yachts, ducked under little bridges, weaved through smaller canals and even witnessed a funeral.
Once back on "dryish" land, we stopped by for lunch at one of our favourite haunts, "Hard Rock Cafe". A mixture of rest and some final shopping in the afternoon, we then went for dinner near the Rialto Bridge for our last taste of true Italian fare.
|Venetian doggie couture!|
|Brett with an impressive sword fish at the Rialto Markets|
|Eloise, Brett Snr, Sean and Eloise at Venice's Rialto Markets|
|Tricia loves the smell of fresh seafood!|
|So fresh, they're still alive!...Rialto Markets|
|Famous horse statues of St Mark's Basilica|
|Statue adorning St Mark's Basilica|
|Beautiful Byzantine mosaic of St Mark's Basilica, Venice|
|Brett, Eloise and Sean in Venice's Piazza San Marco|
|The famous Bridge of Sighs|
|Views along Venice's Grand Canal|
|Eloise, Brett and Sean enjoy the water taxi on Venice's Grand Canal|
|Not all bridges in Venice are old|
|Even funerals rely on Venice's canals|
|Heading back towards Doges Palace and Piazza San Marco|
|Brett, Sean, Eloise and Brett Snr outside "Hard Rock Cafe", Venice|
|Venetian glass chandelier of Venice's "Hard Rock Cafe"|
|Madonna's 1993 Australian Tour outfit, "Hard Rock Cafe"|
|Gondolas line up outside Venice's "Hard Rock Cafe"|
|"Dolce and Gabbana", Venice|
|The familiar sight of Venetian gondoliers|