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
The Gesuati, and the rather more intimate church of the Annunciation to
There are some exotic buildings on the island, too.
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
The old mill building has a most original central light well.
As we looked out over the Canale della Giudecca, which is a very busy
waterway, there was always something to photograph:
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
Venice can be dwarfed by the cruise ships that visit.
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 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.
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.
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: