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Venice Part 1

Carnivale

So far behind, this is from February 12th! Our first trip to Venice was during Carnivale, a major event that was packed with people wearing masks and costumes. The piazza in the centre was transformed into a giant dance party with a lion sculpture made of various fruits and vegetables I think.... After they closed that down we drifted to another outdoor party that consisted of a a box dolly, agenerator, an amp and a ton of people.

The We plan to go back for four days to do all the tourist stuff. So expect more photos. uhh and now here is a copy and pasted explanation.

"The mask in the city of Venice has ancient origins and was used for many months of the year. Masks were allowed from the day of Santo Stefano, which marked the start of the Venetian carnival, to midnight of Shrove Tuesday which marked the end. (Naturally, they were forbidden on days of religious festivals).

As well as at this time of year, the Venetians wore masks during the fortnight of the Ascension, and ended up wearing it, with a few exceptions, right up to half-way through June. Later on, it was permitted to wear a mask from the 5th October up to the start of the Christmas novena (16th December).

During all major events, such as official banquets or other celebrations of the Serenissima Republic, the wearing of "mask and cloak" were permitted. The mask had many uses - to protect gamblers from giving away indiscrete looks, (especially to avoid their creditors), or it was used by "barnaboti" noblemen begging on street corners.

Maskmakers (mascherari) enjoyed a special position in society, with their own laws and their own guild." -- http://www.carnivalofvenice.com/

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A video that is too dark to see :D

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Photos below thanks to Jimmy and Kendra :D
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Posted by AMarcynuk 05:02 Archived in Italy Tagged events Comments (0)

Verona

Part II

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I'm falling behind in blogs!

Verona is famous for being the city in which the story Romeo and Juliet took place. The play was thought to be based off a real couple in Verona. So we visited Juliets house (apparently :P) and her balcony. Love notes and engravings where plastered all over the spaces. And one can also touch juliets boob on a statue outside her home for good luck.

We also happened to visit Verona on their carnival day. Lots of parade floats and costumes.

RANDOM SHOTS

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NEVIL IS SO OLD SCHOOL WITH HIS DISKMAN... TRAIN TOOK 2 HOURS... NEVIL HAD MAYBE 20 SONGS
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NEVILS DRINK

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THE CARNIVAL

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THE ARENA

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JULIET'S HOUSE

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THOUSANDS OF LOVE NOTES

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JULIETS BALCONY

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THE BOOB STATUE. WE TOUCHED THE POLISH BOOB FOR LUCK.

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PHOTOS BELOW THANKS TO JIMMY

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Castelvecchio

In Verona

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"Castelvecchio Museum (Italian: Museo Civico di Castelvecchio) is a museum in Verona, northern Italy, located in the eponymous medieval castle. Restoration by the architect Carlo Scarpa, between 1959 and 1973, has enhanced the appearance of the building and exhibits. Scarpa's unique architectural style is visible in the details for doorways, staircases, furnishings, and even fixtures designed to hold a specific piece of artwork." - uhh wikipedia :D

JAMES you better apprech. I uploaded ALL of my photos for you, you Scarpa fanatic.

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