Sunday, August 29, 2010 10:26 AM
On Friday we rambled around Venice [I had a note from one you saying that you enjoy my ramblings ... of course, I am a Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech (and a hell of an engineer)]. We got pretty good at navigating around a very windy city with lots of dead ends. We went to St Mark's square ... this was a very unique house of worship, shared by 5 religions, so that the citizens of Venice would have a sense of community. Venice was hot and humid.
In the afternoon, we got a boat from the hotel to the ship [I have never arrived at a cruise ship that way]. . We took it easy the rest of the day. The ship stayed overnight in Venice. That evening we went to the show and I was selected to play a role in a Venetian comedy [the handsome captain, of course], I received a CD of Venetian music as compensation!
The next morning, JOAnne and I went back into town and found a very charming church [Basilica S Maria Glorioso]in St Paul's square [Campo San Polo]. The church was built in eh 1300s and featured works by Titian. Titian also loved the church so much, that he has a very impressive tomb there.We wandered some more [making a refreshment stop or 2] and took the water taxi back to the ship. It was still very warm in Venice and we were glad to get back to AC and cold drinks.
As we were leaving Venice, showers started, cooling things down nicely. Unfortunately, we encountered some very strong winds and seas last night, which left a lot of people green around the edges!
This morning, we arrived in Zadar, Croatia. Adjectives fail, this is a charming town on the Adriatic, the town is just a gem and the waters are beautiful! We took a walking tour of town, visiting a few important churches and seeing their treasures.
I was impressed with a piece of art work on the shore. The "Sea Organ" is powered by the waves and tides. The pressure causes air to go through the pipes, creating beautiful sounds. Associated with this is a representation of the solar system - at night the sun and the planets light up in sync with the organ sounds.
This would be a very relaxing place to visit for a few days.
We leave shortly for Dubrovnik.
Take care ...
Denis Greening (Travel)
Follow up - Zadar Sea organ and solar lights
I told you about the organ in Zadar Croatia that is powered by the ocean. I wasn't able to fully describe it, so I looked on You Tube ... there are other clips that show the mechanics of the things and longer sequence of music, but this was pretty good
I also mentioned the art with solar collectors that lights up at night and changes with the music from the sea organ