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Venice, Italy - 15th February 2012

By: Shilo

Good Morning Mum!

Today started with a big surprise for host dad. When he came out of the bathroom, he saw the candles and a balloon in the shape of a heart, that host mum had prepared for their wedding day. He was very happy about it.

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After the breakfast we went to Venice. From the Bus station we took the waterbus to Murano. Before we reached Murano we stopped at Cimitero di san Michele, the Graveyard Island.

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It was a very impressive graveyard. When we entered it, we saw hundreds of white crosses. On most of them where pictures of dead. Everywhere where flowers, so everything looks very colorful. I have never seen something like that before.
After that we reached big white walls with lots and lots of names and pictures of people that had passed away. There were also a lot of flowers for them. It reminded me a little of the pictures of American graveyards.
Out of respect for the dead, we took only Pictures from the outside.

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After our short stop, we reached Murano.

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Here we could see wonderful glass art, but it wasnít allowed to take photos in the shops.
But when we walked through the streets we found three great sculptures there.

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Later we also found a small restaurant, which has decorated the tables outside with some beautiful glass flowers.

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After a while, we went back to the San Marco Piazza. There we decided to go and have a look at the Palazzo Ducale.
The Doge's Palace is a gothic palace and was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the Republic of Venice.

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Sadly we werenít allowed to take pictures from the wonderful paintings and sculptures inside. So I canít show you how great the biggest wall painting in the world looks like. But we could take some Pictures with some sculptures outside.

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The court and the prisons were originally in the Doge's Palace. A famous inmate was Giacomo Casanova. The new prison was built across the Rio de Palazzo from the palace. It was connected to the palace by the Bridge of Sighs.

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At first it was a little bit scary to look around the prison, but then it was very interesting. The cells were really small.  And on the walls you could see some texts that the inmates had written on them.

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We walked over the Bridge of Sights, to the new prison. When we watched out of the small window, we could see the lagoon.

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We spend the rest of the day at the Piazza and looked at the people in the wonderful costumes.

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When it was getting dark, we took the bus back to the hotel

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