With camera in hand, I became captivated by those sites , and began clicking away . . .
It was easy.
I'm easily distracted.
Besides, that bird followed us for probably ten minutes or more as we cruised out of the port, and it was impossible not to snap a few (dozen) photos of him.
And again, you may be wondering, (or not), why was that bird following us.
Yes, HansMan was tossing all of our room treats into the air, and the sea gull was happily devouring them.
But if you've visited this blog long enough, you may be waiting for the 'lesson' that comes with this post. (Or not.)
It's my job !
The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark (officially known in Italian as the Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco and commonly known as Saint Mark's Basilica) is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, northern Italy.
All the squares in Venice are called 'campi' except the most important one.
Napoleon once referred to Saint Mark's Square as "the drawing room of Europe."
Here's the lesson/story:
Once, the patron saint of the city was Saint Theodore, but in 828 the body of Saint Mark was brought to Venice. Saint Mark was martyred at Alexandria, Egypt, and two Venetian merchants, Buono and Rustico decided to steal the body of the saint and bring it to Venice.
Now, how do you go about stealing a saint's body ?
The two men had a wonderful idea.
Eqyptians are Muslims and their religion forbids them from eating or even touching pork, because it is considered impure.
So, in secret, the two merchants took the body of Saint Mark, put it in a basket, covered it with pork meat and cabbage leaves, and loaded the basket onto a ship.
When the guards found out that they were transporting pork, they refused to examine the basket, and the two Venetians made their get-away.
When the body of Saint Mark came to Venice, the previous patron saint of the city, Saint Theodore, was demoted. The Doge of the day began to build a splendid church to contain the relics next to his palace, the original San Marco. With an evangelist on its territory, Venice acquired a status almost equal to that of Rome itself.
(And if you've read Dan Brown's Inferno, you'll remember that it was referred to as La Chiesa d'Oro, the Church of Gold, because it is adorned in its entirety, in solid gold tiles.)
And with that, here's one more photo . . .
Did you know there are beaches in Venice ?