Listen! I have done some crazy cool stuff this week like looking at boats in Venice, finding geocaches and telling my brother not to touch anything in the glass shop. Read on to learn more about Venice.
Beep! Beep! Hey, where did all the cars go? Well, there is a simple answer to that! I am in Venice. The canals of Venice are amazing! They are everywhere. Everywhere I look I see a canal. Here you cannot use cars, bicycles, or motorcycles because the streets are too small and there are no roads. So you are wondering, how do people get around here? Well, they use boats. There are many different types of boats here like the sewer boat, the garbage boat, a water bus, a water taxi and a whole lot more. If you don’t want to be crowded, there is a boat for you. It is called a gondola. They will take you under the famous Bridge of Sighs and they will charge you a lot of money.
Look! It’s the geocache that I was looking for! In Venice, we spent a lot of time looking for three well-hidden geocaches. A geocache is something that people hide all over the world, like a piece of paper that you write your name on or a box with kinder egg toys. But if you find a box with toys, you can trade a toy for a toy. Remember what I said about the geocaches being hidden? That is what makes them hard to find. The one that I found was a rolled up piece of paper in a brick. We had to look at a statue of a baby to find it. That proves that they are sometimes very hard to find. If you find a geocache and you did not mean to find it, please put it back where you found it because people might be looking for it.
Liam! Don’t touch anything in the glass shop! Did you know that on Saturday I visited the glassmaking island of Italy? It is called Murano. Right now I am going to tell you some history. I hope you don’t get bored! You make glass by using fire, right? Venice was famous for its glass but most of medieval Venice’s buildings were made out of wood which is highly flammable. So the Doge said glass can not be made on the main island. So all the glass makers went to the other island to make glass and named it Murano. There are a lot of things that you can make with glass, like charms, animals, jewelry and even chandeliers. I don’t know how people get glass chandeliers home. Did you know that if you put glass in a furnace it will turn into liquid glass? That is how you make glass with a lot of heat. Then it goes to a liquid. If you pop it into the fridge, you will get glass but before that, you can shape it into something with care, caution and ten years of training.
Wish I could write more but I have to go get a yummy gelato and a few boxes of pizza!