Venice, Three Visits, Three Hotels

Albergo San Marco 1

“To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself, but to build there one of the most elegant and grandest of cities is the madness of genius.”                                                                                                                                 Alexander Herzen

I first visited Venice in April 2002 and stayed at the Albergo San Marco near Saint Marks Square. There was perfect spring weather and I was captivated by the sights and sounds of the city which seemed to belong more correctly to a theme park than a thriving industrial sea port city. We did the sights of course, the Cathedral, Doge’s Palace, Rialto Bridge and the labyrinth of canals lined with palaces and museums. Wrapped up in the atmosphere of the place we paid £30 for a drink and a sandwich in St Mark’s Square and £80 for a ride in a gondola.  

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4 responses to “Venice, Three Visits, Three Hotels

  1. I read your posts with pleasure and I’m an admirer of the life you have. However, I’d like to see you while you’re talking about the city I live in, Istanbul. I hope you may come to Istanbul and we may find a chance to meet. I’d be glad to listen your experiences.


  2. Pingback: Ponte Vecchio, Florence « Have Bag, Will Travel

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