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Friday, December 14, 2018
Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia, South Pacific
(3 degrees SW of Hawaii)
The iconic Lion of St Mark: St Mark is the patron saint of Venice. In the 9th century a sailor had a
vision he was to be the patron saint of Venice. St Mark, according to
tradition, died in Alexandria Egypt. The sailors followed the dream,
advanced to Alexandria, and stole the body of Mark, packing it in pork
so the Muslims wouldn’t suspect. It arrived in Venice to be re-interred
in the 1st of the St Marks Basilica
We are tracking beautiful stone
bridges with flowing curves and sweeping views while wandering Venice. Some have 4 pointed needles atop.
Some have ornate balustrades.
The Pointe de Paglia is where we
viewed the famous Bridge
of Sighs from the waterfront. The
name refers to boats filled with straw, so named when horses and donkeys passed
over. There is a small shrine on this bridge called “the Madonna of the
Gondoliers”. Many of the bridges have such shrines. Another bridge we
crossed was a “Storto” bridge meaning misshapen bridge. When going to the opera
this was the “L shaped” bridge crossing 2 canals. Of course Venice wasn’t built on a grid!
Bridge of Sighs on right
Artist: Gaetano Pesce: We discovered this artist in
Padua at the great medieval city hall. The original frescos were by
Giotto but the building and frescos burned to be replaced/rebuilt in
renaissance style. The artist, Pesce, is an architect. We loved his
chair collection and especially loved it in the Pallazzo Ragione grand
hall! Enjoy and watch for the architect-artist!
Susie: The trip was absolutely incredible, thank you for all your help! We
loved the Legend, it was very family oriented and we met a ton of
families who were a lot like us. We also thought the 4 nights was
plenty, and it allowed us to explore more of Ecuador. Mashpi was undeniable one of the neatest places we’ve experienced, truly unbelievable.