This is the Londra Palace Hotel where we stayed. A lovely hotel overlooking the lagoon. There were plenty of cafes and restaurants nearby and due to its central location visiting the sights was easy. Below are some more photos of the Basilica - look at the striking colours!
You cannot fail to be amazed by the beauty of the building and admire the quality of the workmanship.
Looking at these photographs of the facade of the Basilica makes me wish that I had perservered in the rain to see the inside.
Here is my daughter - reading Michael Morpurgo's "The Amazing Story of Adolophus Tips".
On every street corner there seemed to be a reason to take a photograph. Venice is really a magical place.
Doesn't this seem a truly brilliant life - imagine no cars, buses or lorries!
Although St. Mark's Square gets busy the area around the Rialto Bridge is heaving and the crowds seemed more aggressive - pushing and shoving but all part of the Venetian experience.
The inside of a gondola - isn't it resplendent.
Who could forget Carlo Collodi's Pinnochio - that's him on the right!
And finally, you can't go past a shop window with a delightful papier mache cat and not get a photo can you? This shop was truly amazing - it sold paper, stationary and these cats. All the paper sold was hand-printed and the shop owner was kind enough to take us to the back of the shop to show how this was done.
I love this cats' expression and what a spectacular bow tie. When we walked past the shop a few days later the cat was no longer in the window - he was too handsome to stay there for long.
Until next time when I will show you the views from the Campanile and some more cats!