Venice, 2004

Venice was our first holiday away from Club Med for some time. We rented an appartment overlooking the Giudecca, that would be large enough for ourselves, Anne and Roger.


We shall start with a daytime panorama taken from the apartment we had rented:



The Gesuati, and the rather more intimate church of the Annunciation to the left.

There are some exotic buildings on the island, too.

House with odd arched windows

It is as though the windows on the Piano Nobile had once sat horseback on gothic doors to rooms on the first floor.

Our quarters were very comfortable, although the first sight was not too encouraging.


The old mill building has a most original central light well.

Light Well

As we looked out over the Canale della Giudecca, which is a very busy waterway, there was always something to photograph:

San Basilio, at night

The dusk is falling, and yet another number 82 leaves San Basilio.  Another very useful thing was that we could see the supermarket - the yellow building - and whether it was open (using my binoculars), so there were no wasted trips across to the shops.

Here is the Cruise ship Monet, at anchor slightly to the West of San Basilio:


Venice can be dwarfed by the cruise ships that visit.

Star Princess

I missed getting a daytime shot as the Star Princess went by the appartment, because Christine and I had gone to the fish market.  But I did see the tug that went to bring her in, and the tug was as big as the local car ferry.

The far bank was quite picturesque at night:

The Zattere at night

The Statione Maritima at night

The Island, seen from the tower of S Giorgio - the church on the right is the Redentore.  The pool on the left belongs to the Cipriani.  It is a real pity that it was so misty the day we went up the tower. 

From S Giorgio

The next day, the photographers would willinggly gone back and paid another €3 each to take advantage of the clearer light.  But management wouldn't have it.  You can see how much better the light had become from this view as we left the Arsenale.

To our (agreeable) surprise, the building work was much less noisy than we had feared.

Mother of all cement mixers

It´s work Jim, but not as we know it.  The site also had the mother of all floating cranes:


I nearly left this shot too late, but here are the headquarters of the Adriatica line, across the canal from us, with its attractive Art Nouveau ceramic title:


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