Med Cruise II: Venice 2, Electric Boogaloo

May 25, 2012 – Venice, Italy, Day 2

The next day, Day 10 – Venice (Day 2 of 2), was a little bit more Venice and it was wonderful. We only had a half day as the ship was requiring us to be back on board by 2. The agenda for our excursion was a gondola ride and free time, and that was pretty damn cool. When we got to where the gondola ride picked people up, we saw our first Hard Rock Cafe of the day, which was perfect, as I knew where to go when it was time to buy souvenirs. The gondola ride itself was very nice, and we shared it with a Filipino group, who ended up being very nice and funny. The ride actually went into the Grand Canal for a bit and it was right near the Rialto Bridge, which was exactly where I was hoping to go later on so it was good to see the perspective and figure out where it was.

After the gondola ride, we then had plenty of time to go souvenir shopping, which was fantastic. Found a few neat shops and hopefully picked up enough trinkets, although I really hate that part of the trip, to be honest. Ugh. We also got our last Italian lunch/meal in on the continent, and enjoyed a prosciutto pizza and a dish of spaghetti carbonara. Yum. We then got back on the ship, and after the whole process (boat ride to dock, walk to bus, take bus to the port terminal, process through terminal with passport, walk length of deck to Equinox’s entry, final security scan into ship) it was time to enjoy a half day at sea, but before that, enjoy the view of leaving Venice from our stateroom balcony. The approach in was on the other side, but you leave the same way you come in, so this time we got to see Venice from that amazing perspective. And while we were taking pictures and gawking at the amazing scenery, we heard some camera noises from our neighbor’s porch and saw a white camera that was awfully familiar. Turned out that the guy we met from our yesterday excursion was our neighbor as well! Yep, Dave was our neighbor in this trip. Crazy coincidences.

Larry & I embarked on a sure-fire way to battle boredom and we drank at the Martini Bar that afternoon. That’s when we met Chloe & Christian for reals and got a bit buzzed chatting with them. They’re a lot of fun. Dinner in the Silhouette room followed with another great meal but far too much food, as Larry ordered a second entree to see what their carbonara was like. Ugh. We caught the show (cute, funny magician) and after that, it was totally time to get sleep. Seriously.

Skiff Ride into Venice

25-May-2013 00:09, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
This island in Venice is called Giudecca
This island in Venice is called Giudecca25-May-2013 09:16, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.0, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Il Redentore on Giudecca
Il Redentore on Giudecca25-May-2013 09:20, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.5, 9.888mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
 
St Marks Square
St Marks Square25-May-2013 09:23, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 5.0, 12.55mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
25-May-2013 09:24, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.5, 10.035mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
25-May-2013 09:31, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
 
While waiting for our gondola ride, found the Hard Rock
While waiting for our gondola ride, found the Hard Rock25-May-2013 09:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
It's a touristy thing to do, but it's worth doing
It's a touristy thing to do, but it's worth doing25-May-2013 10:00, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
The hotel on the right is Best Western
The hotel on the right is Best Western25-May-2013 10:02, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
 
And it's likely very very nice
And it's likely very very nice25-May-2013 10:05, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
Looking down at the water
Looking down at the water25-May-2013 10:09, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 100
The 6 tabs represent Venetian regions
The 6 tabs represent Venetian regions25-May-2013 10:09, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 200
 
The Doge gets the fancy flourish at the top
The Doge gets the fancy flourish at the top25-May-2013 10:13, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200
 

Excursion:  Gondola Ride

Our chariot awaits
Our chariot awaits25-May-2013 10:14, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 200
We shared our gondola with a nice Chinese family
We shared our gondola with a nice Chinese family25-May-2013 10:15, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 200
I got my bow position
I got my bow position25-May-2013 10:15, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 200
 
25-May-2013 10:15, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
Ready to navigate the canals!
Ready to navigate the canals!25-May-2013 10:16, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
25-May-2013 10:16, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
 
25-May-2013 10:16, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200
Each bridge I wondered, was this in the Like a Virgin video
Each bridge I wondered, was this in the Like a Virgin video25-May-2013 10:17, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
25-May-2013 10:17, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
25-May-2013 10:17, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 200
25-May-2013 10:18, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
Lots of shots from the canal - just pretty buildings everywhere
Lots of shots from the canal - just pretty buildings everywhere25-May-2013 10:18, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
 
25-May-2013 10:19, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 200
25-May-2013 10:20, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 400
Was afraid to move fearing we'd rock the boat
Was afraid to move fearing we'd rock the boat25-May-2013 10:20, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 200
 

Visiting the Rialto Bridge

We got some great artwork from here
We got some great artwork from here25-May-2013 10:52, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 100
Little path on the walk to the Rialto Bridge
Little path on the walk to the Rialto Bridge25-May-2013 11:01, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.5, 8.082mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 100
The Rialto Bridge
The Rialto Bridge25-May-2013 11:03, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.5, 7.55mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
25-May-2013 11:03, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
25-May-2013 11:03, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
I think there's meaning to these locks...
I think there's meaning to these locks...25-May-2013 11:03, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
 
25-May-2013 11:03, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.0, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
25-May-2013 11:04, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
The Rialto is a beautiful bridge
The Rialto is a beautiful bridge25-May-2013 11:05, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
25-May-2013 11:06, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
As we were taking pics, a flotilla came through
As we were taking pics, a flotilla came through25-May-2013 11:06, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
And flowers were tossed en masse into the water
And flowers were tossed en masse into the water25-May-2013 11:06, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 160
 
25-May-2013 11:06, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 160
It was neat to experience that
It was neat to experience that25-May-2013 11:06, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.0, 6.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
25-May-2013 11:06, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.0, 6.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 160
 

Lunching in Venice

Grabbed some lunch before heading back to the ship
Grabbed some lunch before heading back to the ship25-May-2013 11:59, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1600
Including some vino
Including some vino25-May-2013 11:59, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1600
Wonderfully delicious pizza
Wonderfully delicious pizza25-May-2013 03:03, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
 
25-May-2013 03:03, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1250
And Spaghetti Carbonara...yumm
And Spaghetti Carbonara...yumm25-May-2013 12:04, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1600
25-May-2013 12:13, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 1600
 
25-May-2013 12:13, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 1600
25-May-2013 12:13, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
The attractive waiter trying to grab tourists into the restaurant
The attractive waiter trying to grab tourists into the restaurant25-May-2013 12:22, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 320
 
The place where we had lunch
The place where we had lunch25-May-2013 03:28, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.5, 9.888mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 200
 

Returning to the Equinox

Back at St Marks
Back at St Marks25-May-2013 12:30, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.0, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
The tide was high and the water seeps in
The tide was high and the water seeps in25-May-2013 12:30, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.0, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
I've seen pics of it much higher though
I've seen pics of it much higher though25-May-2013 12:31, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
The cruise ship tender meeting poitn
The cruise ship tender meeting poitn25-May-2013 12:40, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Had to wait in line as this water kept getting higher
Had to wait in line as this water kept getting higher25-May-2013 12:41, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
tick tock
tick tock25-May-2013 12:42, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.0, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
Equinox is detached and heading out
Equinox is detached and heading out25-May-2013 14:30, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
25-May-2013 14:32, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
25-May-2013 14:32, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 
Equinox's former berth
Equinox's former berth25-May-2013 14:41, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
25-May-2013 14:41, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.5, 8.351mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
25-May-2013 14:42, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.0, 6.896mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
 
25-May-2013 14:42, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
25-May-2013 14:43, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 

Leaving Venice

On the way out, Equinox left the way it came in
On the way out, Equinox left the way it came in25-May-2013 14:45, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.5, 8.351mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 160
Meaning we could see Venice from our room
Meaning we could see Venice from our room25-May-2013 14:46, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
These photos will seem almost exactly like yesterday's
These photos will seem almost exactly like yesterday's25-May-2013 14:47, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.0, 6.126mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
 
A River Cruiseship - seems a bit too small for us
A River Cruiseship - seems a bit too small for us25-May-2013 14:47, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.0, 6.637mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
25-May-2013 14:48, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.5, 11.12mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
As we left, the rain rolled back in
As we left, the rain rolled back in25-May-2013 14:48, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.5, 8.351mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 250
 
We got lucky with our weather
We got lucky with our weather25-May-2013 14:50, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.0, 6.766mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
25-May-2013 14:50, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.0, 6.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
25-May-2013 14:50, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.0, 5.26mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
 
That building's tower is seriously leaning
That building's tower is seriously leaning25-May-2013 14:51, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.0, 5.26mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
25-May-2013 14:51, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
25-May-2013 14:52, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 160
 
25-May-2013 14:52, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
25-May-2013 14:52, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 250
25-May-2013 14:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.5, 4.23mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 

Afternoon on Equinox

The menu for Tuscan Grille
The menu for Tuscan Grille25-May-2013 06:29, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1250
25-May-2013 06:29, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1000
Murano's menu - awww yeah
Murano's menu - awww yeah25-May-2013 06:30, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 800
 
25-May-2013 06:30, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
Where many of the specialty restaurants are
Where many of the specialty restaurants are25-May-2013 15:31, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
The loungey bar we frequented often due to trivia contests
The loungey bar we frequented often due to trivia contests25-May-2013 15:34, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1000
 
Neat decor in the area before the elevators
Neat decor in the area before the elevators25-May-2013 15:35, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1600
Back at the Martini Bar, our 2nd home
Back at the Martini Bar, our 2nd home25-May-2013 16:54, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 5.0, 11.982mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1250
Bulent, the very cool bartender there
Bulent, the very cool bartender there25-May-2013 16:54, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 5.0, 11.982mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1000
 
25-May-2013 16:55, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 5.0, 11.982mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1600
Drinks for everyone!
Drinks for everyone!25-May-2013 16:55, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 5.0, 29.95mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1250
Oh blue wave martini, you never fail me
Oh blue wave martini, you never fail me25-May-2013 16:56, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 640
 
Elaborate drinks for everyone!
Elaborate drinks for everyone!25-May-2013 16:56, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 5.0, 35.841mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1600
 

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