Impressions of Venice:
Sally - Impressed by everything being done by water - trash barges, firetruck barges, suitcase barges, ambulance boats, police boats, dirt/construction boats…And the opera house "La Fenice" - magnifico
Pat - the HEAT. It really was HOT - as in, sit-in-the-shade-and-drip hot.
Jim - The alleyways -some narrow, some wide, always meandering, the plazas… and that water is the means of transport for everything - everyone is either walking or boating. The city was clean, but run down - it was obvious that there was a lot of work needed to keep things going, and it probably cost a lot to do anything.
Abby - My impression from almost 30 years ago was that Venice is a dirty city with dirty water and stray cats everywhere. This time, the city was very much cleaned up - the water was cleaner, the buildings sparkled and had obviously been cleaned, and the only cats we saw were pets. It was a pleasant place with cool architecture and a vibrant core of people (though it seemed that many of the buildings were partially occupied or unoccupied).
Noah - lots of people, lots of gold (in the Basilica and Doge's Palace), we had to pay for water in the restaurant, dirty (brown water - mostly from silt as the canals are 3-6 feet deep with boats churning through them all day)
Zach - lots of rock doves (Pigeons), hot, different with the canals - a different lifestyle