Day 11- Lots of museums and art today!

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Good morning Venice……David is on his walk and Thomas and I are blogging while Kate sleeps. Some more washing while we have the machine.

Happy Anniversay…….our favorite restaurant the Saturday we get back. Another breakfast of eggs this morning.

Visited the Accademia Museum today….just a couple of paths to walk. The museum has the best collection of Venetian Art. Fabulous 400-500 year old works of art. We saw some massive pieces. The Venetians definitely impressed us with the size of their paintings. We saw a very rich collection of Venetian paintings from Veneto as well, from the Bizantine and Gothic fourteenth century to the artists of the Renaissance, Bellini, Carpaccio, Giorgione, Veronese, Tintoretto and Tiziano until Gianbattista Tiepolo and the Vedutisti of the eighteenth century, Canaletto, Guardi, Bellotto, Longhi. These artists influenced the whole history of European painting.

After a few toilet pitstops to the bathrooms we headed off to the Peggy Guggenheim museum. We have managed to use museum and restaurant bathrooms and avoid the pay public ones. The Peggy Guggenheim Museum had a lovely Australian girl working there as part of her study. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is among the most important museums in Italy for European and American art of the first half of the 20th century. It is located in Peggy Guggenheim’s former home, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, on the Grand Canal in Venice. The home had the most lovely garden with significant sculptures by Henry Moore, Brancusi, Arp and many more. The house had doors that opened onto the canal balcony area. Just gorgeous with some great photo opportunities. This was definitely a worthwhile visit in Venice. We all decided it was time for lunch. We found a place called the “corner pub” close by and had a quick bite to eat. Next stop was the Santa Maria Della

    Salla today. There are a few more people walking around as the Vaporetto
    is on strike today……always good when you buy a 7 day pass. The Basilica is referred to as the St Mary of Health was built as a dedication of the survival of Venice after the 1629 Plague. Inside we saw a short prayer service and I explained the confessional booth to Thomas.

    We headed back to close to our apartment to see the Magical Machines of Leonardo Da VInci.

    Santa Maria had a free entry. Not quite as ornate as other churches we have visited but architecturally very grand.

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