I don't think anything can prepare one for the beauty of Venice. In some ways, it reminds me of Holland...so flat and so much water. It is awe-inspiring.
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We got to the bus station and started to wander off in search of our Bed and Breakfast, which was called Campiello Zen. It was enchanting...very small, only 3 bedrooms...and run by a young couple and their year-old son. The breakfasts were wonderful, their service was impeccable, and it was away from all the crowds. Only about one water-taxi stop from the Station, it was only steps from the Grand Canal.
We bought lunch at a little grocery and sat in this plaza and ate it:
John decided it was time for a nap, but I decided to have a little wander, and here is what I saw:
A gorgeous wall covered with Trumpet Vine:
As I got close to the Station again, I saw this beautiful church, Santa Maria di Nazareth:
This is just ONE church...and there are tons of them...it's hard to get your head around all the money that has been spent on them, how many years it took to create them, how many people have passed through them. Mind boggling.
I will leave you with one last shot, the our water-taxi stop.