Tuesday 3 May 2005 3.42pm
I can't recommend any books, but the series on TV recently has an accompanying book, very sumptuous (the one presented by the architect whose family had lived in Venice for several centuries... it's "Francesco's Venice" by Francesco da Mosto - just search for Venice on Amazon and it's number 2.
We did a couple of day trips via Ryanair - birthday treat last year and the year before. The 6.30 from Stanstead was hard work, the 30 mile bus trip from Treviso to Venice was ok, but the 8 hours in the 16th Century for 20 quid each was fabulous! In fact ryanair.com is advertising Venice at 1.99 plus taxes at the moment, I must go and see...
And if you pop along to City Hall
to the exhibition of Earth from the Air (see related thread on the othe discussion), you may see this picture, about 12 feet wide, which you can spend the afternoon gazing at (or go to http://www.yannarthusbertrand.com/yann2/
click on the green photo, then choose Italy and the second picture to download it for yourself)
Ahhh, memories. and one of the few photos I took that came out ok:
The DHL-branded express parcels delivery gondola was very impressive too...