Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Venice, Day 2: Correr Museum

Correr Museum is a lot less crowded than Doge’s Palace but it is definitely worth the visit. The museum showcases the history of Venice from 13th century to 16th century. The collections include paintings, prints, coins, weapons, and military.

I have a good tip on how to get the tickets for Doge’s Palace without waiting in line. The ticket for Doge’s Palace also includes the bonus ticket to Correr Museum. It is, like I said, a bonus. There are no separate tickets. It is a combo ticket. If you want to visit Doge’s Palace but dreads lining up for tickets, just go to Correr Museum to buy the ticket, that ticket gives you entrance to Doge’s Palace and Correr Museum. 

This staircase leads you to the front entrance of Correr Museum.

This is the room JJ planned to photograph. Napoleon commissioned the design.

The restaurant in Correr Museum was crowded. The menu was almost the same as the restaurant in Doge’s Palace but here you could have comfortable seating and some peace and quiet.

The imperial room

I had to glimpse of someone doing restoration work. It’s intriguing.  She probably came home with sever neck pain, painting the ceiling with her head upturned.

That’s the close-up of women’s hair accessaries during old days.

Here is the front view.

These are women’s shoes. I kid you not. During the food, women wore these platform shoes to walk on water. It must take some skills to balance on these things.

What you see here is the library.

The Chandolier is made with Venetian glass, of course.

Here is another view of the library.

The museum also features the glorious history of Venetian navy.

The painting depicts the war in the sea.

The pendants.

Venetian glass window made with bottle ends reflects lights and water beautifully.

The contemporary exhibition takes place in the museum.

The intriquit ceiling

One more look at Napoleon’s room

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Venice, Day 2: Streets of Venice

On our way to Correr Museum in the morning, we saw a lot of interesting shops. This one is a print shop. Venice used to have a very vibrant printing industry.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Venice, Day 1: St. Mark’s Square

Yes! Here we were in Venice. The first thing we did was to take the vaporetti (waterbus) to the stop near our hotel and drop off our luggages. Then we went out to buy jackets. It’s not because shopping was our priority. The reason was the weather was surprising cold and windy when we arrived. It was early October but it felt like early winter. All the clothes we brought along the trip were thin, which were perfectly fine for Rome and Florence but not suitable for Venice. It was actually hot in Rome during sunny days, you would just want to wear short sleeves. 

Without proper gear, we couldn’t function and enjoy the trip. We had to shop. It took us a while to find clothing stores because Venice is like a maze. After we found the shops and got our outerwear, we went to St. Mark’s Square. It was already late afternoon, too late to enter any site. Therefore, we wandered around St. Mark’s Square and nearby for the rest of the day.

That’s the Campanile and St. Mark’s Basilica. The tower is so tall, it can hardly fit in the frame. The exterior of St. Mark’s Basilica was under renovation and they worked slow, really slow. Yeah, I didn’t see a single soul working on the building there. In Italian tourist sites, there is always something under renovation. It almost feels like these sites are taking turns to undergo restoration. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Venice, Day 1: How to Travel From Florence to Venice - taking Italo

Italo is a disappointment. We heard it was built by Ferrari, so we expected it to be fancy. It turned out to be just an all right high-speed train showing signs of wear and tear. It would be nice they at least wash the exterior of the train, so tourists can have a better picture. See the photo below, doesn't the train look dirty? Spain's high-speed train Renfe is way better.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Florence, Day 5: Last Supper in Florence

We had our last supper in Florence. To top it off, we went for a gelato run. The chocolate fountain wall in the gelato shop made it so tempting. Don’t you just want to dip strawberries in that fountain wall? In Italy, we had gelato almost everyday. When I cam home from the trip, I was really depressed I couldn’t find any gelato as good as what we had in Italy, 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Florence, Day 4: Palazzo Pitti

In the late afternoon, we crossed the river to the Oltrano neighborhood to visit Palazzo Pitti as our final stop.

Palazzo Pitti looks like a stone fortress from outside. There were a lot of people chilling at the square in front of the palazzo.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Florence, Day 4: Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio, “old bridge” in Italian, is a stone bridge over Arno River. First built in 996, destroyed by a flood in 1117, reconstructed but destroyed again in 1333, it was rebuilt again in 1345. The bridge had always been housing shops. Until 1400s, there were butchers and fish mongers doing business on the bridge, they were evicted later in order to make the bridge cleaner and more refined. Gold merchants moved in.