After another beautiful day at sea, we reached our final destination, Venice, Italy where we stayed for three days at a bed and breakfast along the Grand Canal near Rialto Bridge. Venice was truly stunning ! I was amazed at how much I was able to see in so short a time. Using the water taxi to get everywhere, I was able to visit several islands in the lagoon including Murano which is famous for its glass-making. This was the view from our terrace at the bed and breakfast. It's the Ca' d'Oro or Palazzo Santa Sofia along the Grand Canal. This is a photo of the Rialto Bed and Breakfast where we stayed. Our terrace was at the top of the smaller building. We had a nice suite on the top floor of the B&B with access to a kitchen and sitting room. Restaurant prices along the Grand Canal were outrageous ! The first meal we had in Venice was a lunch consisting of two plates of pasta, one salad and two small glasses of wine. Total price: Euro 65,00 !!! The only part of Venice that was truly OVER-crowded was the Plaza San Marco. Thousands and thousands of tourists were in the square waiting in lines to get into the Ducal Palace and the Basilica. I didn't understand why everyone was standing on raised platforms in front of the Basilica. Later on, I spoke to a German tourist who told me that the platforms are there to keep tourists' feet dry when the tide comes in. Although we didn't experiece any flooding while we were in the plaza, we did see water covering many walkways along the Grand Canal and near the lagoon.