|The arcaded buildings on the right side (northern) of the Basilica|
|The Campanile. Built 1537-46, rebuilt after its collapse in 1902.|
|Seaward face of the Doge's Palace.|
|Decorative features of the Palace stonework.|
|The capital (head) of each column tells a story|
|Many of the decorative figures around the column's base are badly eroded|
|The Campanile, columns and Doge's Palace at the entrance of the Piazzetta|
seen from the Basin where the Grand Canal opens out into the main lagoon.
|Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs) leads from |
the judicial areas of the Doge's Palace to the
grim cells, many of which are below water level
|A section of the façade of the Chiesa Santa Maria |
Zobenigo with quite unusual decoration for a church.
|The Venetian equivalent of the local car repair shop. Gondolas|
are brought in for a bit of repair work and a paint job.
|The romantic gondolas are for tourists or special occasions. The |
"vaporetto" or "water bus" is the mainstay of public transport in Venice.
|Our local city council maintains a fleet of cars for|
official use; in Venice it's a fleet of motor launches.
|Brightly painted houses along a small canal on the island of Burano|
about a half hour ferry ride from the main islands of Venice.
|The famous Rialto Bridge was almost hidden behind scaffolding and|
advertising material. From the bridge you could not even see the canal.
|Diners brave the cold weather to eat "al fresco".|
|The famous Basilica Maria della Salute on the Grand Canal|
|Basilica San Marco, New Year's Night. On the previous night the Piazza|
had been full of thousands of people welcoming in the New Year.