23 May 2012
The Crown Princess glided into Venice just after noon. The view from our 15th floor balcony gave us a panoramic view of the city and sights. We stepped ashore around 1:00pm and caught a water shuttle to San Marco (St. Mark’s Square).
San Marco Square
We enjoyed a club sandwich at the Cafe where Byron, Proust, and Dickens frequented, while listening to one of the two orchestras that play all day and into the evening.
We walked the streets west of the square for couple of hours and ended at he Opera House that was restored after being destroyed by fire several years ago. The restoration is amazing. We stopped at Harry’s Bar for the most expensive cocktails we have ever drank (€14 each). This was Hemingway’s haunt.
I remember know how much I disliked Campari. We returned by water shuttle to the ship for our late meal with our writing group. The twelve writers averaged 54 pages each during the eleven days, with only four sea days. I finished a third revision of my play. Cynthia compressed her lectures to fit the four days available. She hopes to come to Lunenburg for the It’s Alive Theatre Company’s three nights of short plays on October 11-13. If she comes we will host a writing workshop with her.
Tonight the Venice Chamber Orchestra played on board. We disembark tomorrow morning and will stay over for the next three days to enjoy more of Venice.
Night Time Gondola View
Venice you will be missed…