2014 December

31 Days-Day 4-Learn

A water taxi in Venice.

A water taxi in Venice.

When I learned we would be going to Venice, Italy on our tour with Globus Tours, I really didn’t know what to look forward to.  I’d heard of the carnivals and gondola rides before.  Upon entering this wonderful place, the lessons began immediately. 

I learned of a new way to travel.  We entered the city by private water taxi.  It was a wooden boat that looked like a coveted antique.  How we could have entered in any more style is completely unknown to me.

Gondola ride in Venice, Italy

Gondola ride in Venice, Italy

I learned that we can (almost) walk on water; okay, not really!  The city is built on water and is an island off the coast of Italy.  There are small drains throughout the walkways in the city, thus water can seep in during high tide.  One evening while we were there the sea level rose so much that everyone who returned to our hotel was soaked from the knees down.  Flooding like this was very unexpected for this time of year.

Venice, Italy 2014

Venice, Italy 2014

I learned that Venice is rich in history.  It was established between 400-500 A.D. and the canals that run throughout the city developed over many years.

Making Carnival masks.

Making Carnival masks.

I learned how to make a carnival mask.  One of the best things we did while we were there (other than eating the wonderful food) was to make carnival masks.  The young lady told us of the rich history of carnival masks and how they would use this as a means of courting, or for just plain being mischievous. 

St. Mark's Clocktower, Venice, Italy

St. Mark’s Clocktower, Venice, Italy

Going to the top of the clock tower provided for some amazing photos around Venice. 

A view of Venice from St. Mark's Clocktower.

A view of Venice from St. Mark’s Clocktower.

31 Days-Day 3-New

Note:  Soon after I committed to 31 Days, I accepted a long-term sub position.  Wow…I guess I thought I’d have time to write, but that didn’t happen.  The sub position as now ended and I’m back on my 31 Days journey.  I will eventually finish this!

A New Day on Crystal Beach, Texas

A New Day on Crystal Beach, Texas

There’s something about a new day dawning.  I originally said I was going to write about “been there, done that” in my travels for this 31 days and the above photo was taken at Crystal Beach, Texas, the beach I’ve visited since childhood.  I have to make a slight adjustment for today’s five-minute Friday word:  New.  What each new day brings is simply wonderful.  The freshness of a sunrise.  Fresh dew on the ground.  A crispness of the morning—even in Southeast (muggy) Texas, it can take your breath away. 

New beginnings are one of my favorite things.  A new day, a new week, a new month or year.  A chance to start anew is always a welcome experience.  A new project, or simply starting over.  A blank piece of paper can speak volumes to one who loves to create.  A blank, new canvas can enwrap an artist like nothing else.  I love traveling so much because I love to learn of new places.

A newborn babe.

A newborn babe.

Speaking of things new…we are also told to come to the Father as a child, a newborn babe in Christ.  Once we are saved by God’s grace, we are to begin again.  The old has passed away, the new has begun.  Praise God for new beginnings!  We can hold confidence in the fact that God allows do-overs because He is able to make all things new.