Friday, June 26

Venice

Venice is a city in northern Italy, the capital of the region Veneto. It is also known as the "City of Water", "City of Bridges" and according to Luigi Barzini, it is described as undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man. (source: Wikipedia)
"City of bridges" - I must agree with the statement. There are bridges everywhere linking two lands together. Once we got down from the bus, we saw this beautiful bridge called Ponte della Costituzione which is the forth bridge over the Grand Canal.
One of the view of that bridge.
The sun was sunny enough to cause you sunburn.
However, once the wind comes you had no choice but to cover yourself with layers of clothes.
The City of Venice is built on a collection of over 100 low islands in the centre of the Lagoon.
To overcome these difficult and testing conditions, the Venetians evolved techniques unique to the city in order to overcome the problems associated with the low muddy islands. Click here to read more about the construction of Venice.
Posing with one of the mini water fountain.
YH in the white rose garden
In front of Santa Lucia, the railway station which located on the west side of the city, we spotted an elder couple sitting by the riverside, dating.
We immediately sat down, forced Keehui to take our photos, pretending pointing at handsome Italian.
A while later, we camwhored. :)
and being caught camwhoring. :P (Actually, we were killing time while waiting for KH's friend, who went to buy boat tickets)
Tickets bought, we continued on our walking touraround Venice. These can be seen everywhere in Venice:
Necklaces, earrings made from Murano glass.
People practising for the tournament the next day.
Dolls.
Thu ha & ZhanPeng!!!
Masks.
Gondolas.
lotsa masks. (that mask looks kinda scarry and eerie tho. yucks)
neverending masks.
WW in front of a mask shop..
Gelato Icecreams!!! These are the icecream that they have been bragging about, the so-called world best ice cream.
2.50 Euro for that cup WW was holding. I had yogurt, tiramisu and caramel ice cream while she had chocolate, hazelnut, and (i can't remember). Mine too sweet while hers was nice.
Gondolas. We were in a hurry we missed gondola ride. Hmm.. but i think not so grand afterall right? What's the different with our sampan? Haha
With gondola man. :)
Posing in front of the Rialto Bridge, also known as Ponte di Rialto. It is one of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice. It is the oldest bridge across the canal and probably the most famous in the city.
While crossing the bridge, we saw this couple kissing for damn long. In between of the kisses, i heard the girl whispered, "man, this is so romantic".
and this is taken from the Ponte di Rialto.
KH with the Ponte degli Scazli, the bridge of the barefoot. It is also one of the bridge that spanning to the Grant Canal.
The Ponte dell'Accademia,which is also one of the four bridges that connects to the Grand Canal and named for the Accademia galleries.
Kee hui, me, Weiwei, Yokehoon
YH: Babi!!
Me:Where???
YH: *ka cha* here!
(probably the laziest dog in the world)

I love the this view. The yellow building is actually a hotel. All the gondola services end at 7pm.
KH and me with the gondolas. It was getting colder hence i put on my jacket and shawl.
Finally, we reached the Piazza San Marco after hours of walking. Isn't the St. Mark's Basilica stunning?
Beautifully designed.
One of the painting outside the church.
Nicely carved.
People gathering at the piazza. Some of them were hanging out, some of them were dancing, some of them were taking pictures, while some of them were chatting to each other.

That is the bridge of Sighs, Ponte dei Sospiri. According to what KH told me, the right side was a court and the right side was prisons. Therefore, the prisioners would sigh at their final view of beautiful venice out the window before taken down to their cells.
A local legend says that lovers will be assured eternal love if they kiss on a gondola at sunset under the bridge. ^.^ Haha.
The piazza was just beside the riverside. You have no idea how we hide ourselves behind the pillars to avoid the cold winds. Deng! How could a pillow be possible in protecting us from the wind? We had no choice but to laugh to keep ourselves warm. LOL.

the view from the jetty.
Bye Bye Venice!!
(Keehui, Weiwei, YokeHoon, BeeSze and Yuxuan)

P.s: Personally i don't see Venice as a romantic city. Beautiful city? Yes, but it's not as unique as Burano. The architectures of the building are quite common. Maybe the fact that the it was built by man that gives extra credit, but most of the girls, don't think it is a romantic place afterall. Based on the reviews that i read/heard, i would say it's overrated. But it's truly my own view/opinion.

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