Monday, June 22, 2009


Venice is a very expensive place to visit because it is very touristic. Despite this, Venice is still on top of my list of the most beautiful places on earth.

We didn't stay in Venice itself because it is too expensive. We stayed in Hotel Style in Mogliano Veneto which is located very near the train station. According to the brochure, the hotel should be 15 minutes away by train from Venice but with the "traffic", the travel time easily turned into 30-40 minutes. The hotel itself was so so. Actually, until now I am still wondering where the "style" was in Hotel Style.

Venice itself was spectacular! Truly a world heritage site!

The Venetian Republic was a major power during the middle ages and Renaissance. It was a very important center of commerce and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century. Marco Polo, one of the very first Europeans to travel to China, sailed from the Venetian Republic.
The very first thing I noticed when we arrived in Venice is the Byzantine Architecture. Of course then I didn't know that it was called Byzantine Architecture. I found the architecture very curious because the palaces have Arabic windows and the churches have domes like mosques. Now, I know that is called Byzantine Architecture. I travel to learn you know...
Ahhh and the gondolas! As you all know, there are no roads in Venice, people used to move around using gondolas. Of course now, it is just for tourists because locals use motor boats. We didn't take it this time because a 1-hour ride costs 60 euros per person....
The best time to visit Venice is during spring because apparently in summer it is too hot and the smell of the canals is not so pleasant.

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