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