Sorry it's been some time since our last post. We've been to several ports since embarking on our cruise and lets just say that the Internet has been pretty sparse.
First, a scavenger hunt...
Packed up early on our last day in Venice and headed to St. Marks square for a scavenger hunt. We had booked a kids tour (same company as Colosseum). However, when we got there it was POURING DOWN RAIN. Thunder, lightening, the whole deal. Figured that it wasn't the best time for an out door scavenger hunt. Instead, we went into the Museo, Doge's Palace.
Final Score at Doge's Palace
It wasn't even close. When there are prizes involved, kids can do amazing things. They had to know who people were, where to find stuff, and guess what various parts of the Doge's Palace was used for. With Siena's speed (i.e. going up stairs) and Mara's mythology background, they pretty much beat the parents fair-and-square.
Interesting Facts and Observations:
The picture above of a lion head. It's a mail slot to "tell" on someone for a crime or act that they have committed. There were two separate doors (behind the wall) to open up the box. Just so you didn't throw the note away about someone you knew.
Napoleon was the only person to conquer Venice (during the 1800s). He removed masterpieces and brought them back to Paris (in the Louvre today). He also removed anything that had a Lion symbol on it - indicating power and wealth in Venice.
Doge's Palace contains the 3rd largest suspended roof in Europe. The room regularly held 2,000+ people for votes and political business.
Doge's Palace claims to have the largest canvas painting, Il Paradiso "Coronation of the Virgin". It measures 82 feet wide!
The Palace was a place of Justice and Law Making. Even had a very modern jail for it's time.
Picture: Suspended ceiling with canvas, frescos, etc. Lots of gold!
Picture: Il Paradiso. Just amazing!
Picture: Girls packed up and waiting for the waterbus to take us to the Cruise port.
Leaving Venice, breathtaking
The cruise departed at 4:30pm today. A view from the starboard (right-hand) side of the boat as we weaved through Giudecca "Canal" (more like a large bay):
If you ever have a chance to go on a cruise out of Venice, the departure is absolutely incredibly. If possible, book on the Port side of the boat as you will get a full view of Venice as the sun in setting....
Here's the route we took to head out to the high seas:
Melissa with a little bit of bubbly for the departure, why not?