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After our tour and all our other fun in Venice the Chorus sang mass at the Basillica. As we stood outside waiting to go in Jonathon had bought a guitar and started playing. The whole chorus started singing Lean On Me. People were stopping to take photos of everyone. It was really fun. The chorus got dressed in the crypt. As David leaned against a wall to put his socks on the wall was crumbling. I was not allowed to take photos in there but I did get a couple and one of the church before I found out there were no photos allowed. David thought the San Marco has to be one of the most spectacular building in the world.
We caught a boat to Venice where we met up with our local guide at St Mark’s square. We toured the Doge’s Palace which I would have thought was a home but it was where government offices were. We walked across the Bridge of Sighs which was the walk that criminals walked to prison. Venice floods regularly and that is why they have mosaics there.
We had planned to take a gondola ride with a couple of our chorus friends, so when they gave us free time we were off. They were on lunch break, so we found a place for lunch. It was a great place. It was behind the opera house, so all the opera singers would come there after an opera. There were pictures of opera singers all over. The people at the table next to us were from Bangladesh and it was one of their birthdays. My small chorus, David, Sherry and Janet along with our waiter sang happy birthday to her which they all were very thankful for.
After a wonderful lunch we were off for our gondola ride. We were standing in line and met two Russian girls who asked if they could share our boat. We told them sure. That made the 80 euro ride not bad at all when split 6 ways.
I had picked up some rosaries at the Vatican for my family members. There was a big sign in the store that said it was illegal to sell blessed rosaries anywhere in the world. I decided that I would still get them blessed while I was in Italy. Shouldn’t be hard to find a priest in Italy. We were moving along so fast most of the tour that I never had time. While in Venice we were standing outside of Basilica di San Marco and David says there is a priest. I go over and ask if he would mind blessing some rosaries for me. Expecting to be answered in Italian it came to great surprise to me when I am answered in a midwestern accent. I did get the rosaries blessed in Italy by an American priest who happen to be good friends with our arch bishop in Anchorage.