Monday, February 20, 2012

Venice Carnevale 2012

Ted and I had a lovely day all to ourselves in Venice during the magical time of Carnevale.  We took the
train and were glad to have seats--our friends who traveled the day before said they had had to stand the entire trip to Venice--over an hour.

Venice was pulsing with people--some in elaborate, beautiful costumes, some in ridiculous costumes, some donning simple masks.  It's quite a sight to behold.

We wove our way through the alleys and walkways of Venice, seeing costumed people at every turn.

At one place we stopped, and I had my face painted--a fun "souvenir mask" for the day.

We eventually found our way to St. Mark's Square where we people watched and took loads of pictures.

Really, the costumes are amazing, even if some are a bit ridiculous or strange.

From an overlook in St. Mark's Cathedral we watched some more while it started to sprinkle a bit--the only downside to our day.  Interestingly enough, it only rained while we were in St. Mark's looking around.

After a quiet dinner, we strolled the streets back in the dark--it was simply beautiful.

When we finally got home we crawled into bed, exhausted, and debated what kind of costume and mask we would pick to wear next time.

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