Venetian Islands

We visited Torcello for the first time and walked to the Basilica, the oldest church in Venice.  No photos were allowed, but here is a reproduction of the fabulous mosaic fresco occupying the whole of the west wall.

IMG_8922Then here is David posing for me on the Devil’s Bridge.IMG_8901Next we travelled on to Burano famous for its lace though little is made there today.  However I was able to do some serious made in Burano and made in Italy shopping nevertheless.  Here a photos of the coloured houses and the main shopping street.

IMG_4424IMG_4425IMG_8906IMG_8907The last island was Murano where we enjoyed shopping some more and ended up with a glass blowing demonstration.


Musica a Palazzo

In the palace Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto we entered into a chamber performance of Verdi’s La Traviata.  It was performed by a quartet of strings with piano, a superb group of singers, soprano, tenor and baritone.  The audience of twenty effectively became the chorus and enveloped the musicians and singers as we moved from salon to salon for the three acts of the opera.  The quality of performance well compensated for the shortened version of the opera and the intimate setting gave a very dramatic and emotional involvement for the small audience.  This group have performed worldwide including a prize winning appearance at the Brighton Pavilion.


Setting for Act One


Making new friends


Views from the balcony in the interval



Act Two setting


In the Tiepolo Room


Final Act setting for Violetta death scene

Here are some of the palaces along the Grand Canal seen in the late afternoon.


Venetian Masks

We attended a very interesting talk and demonstration on the making and history of masks in Venice.


Of course I had to try one for size, but acquired one more suited to our luggage constraints

Images of Venice


Gondolas as you would expect


The Bridge of Sighs


The Doge’s Palace


Campanile in St.Mark’s Square


St.Mark’s Basilica


At La Fenice Opera House

IMG_8849IMG_4394   An unexpected treasure hidden down an alleyway.

Carnival Costumes

Here are some of the colourful characters roaming around Venice this week!


Arrival in Venice

These are our first photos of Venice having arrived at our hotel at St.Elena.

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Ferry crossing to the Lido

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Vaporetto crossing to San Marco

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The campanile in St.Mark’s square

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St.Elena landing