"It is worth while to observe that there are no Venetian blinds in Venice" -William Dean
Just got back from our school trip to Venice, sadly it's my last school trip...never thought that day would come.
When we first got to Venice, as a group we took a boat ride to Murano. Murano is a smaller island famous for its glasswork and skill of their glass-makers, we stopped in for a short demonstration.....he made a beautiful vase and a small glass fish. We visited the Museo d'Arte Vetrario (famous glasswork dating back to the Romans) and took some really great pictures outside on the balcony.
That night we ate at Ostaria al Garanghelo, this Ostaria is well known for their local traditional cuisine, fish specials, and friendly staff. It's owned by Annalisa and Renalto (head chef), husband and wife. Annalisa waited on us, and did everything she could to make us feel at home, I highly recommend a visit if at all possible. The dishes were huge, and meant to be split between two people, we split the fish risotto and veggies =)
We visited St. Mark's square and the the church where his body is....beautiful church inside, really breathtaking. Bright colored tiles, gold and semiprecious stones adorn the alters. We also did a little shopping on the Rialto bridge, I made sure to buy some venetian glass (some Christmas ornaments for mom, and some necklace pendants), and some really great chocolate desserts.
Great place, wish I had longer to stay in Venice.
p.s. the pigeons in Venice are crazy.....don't underestimate them....