I have hundreds of photos from the Festa della Sensa to go through from this weekend, and instead, I'm posting another cruise ship photo. Several really large cruise ships left harbor late on Saturday afternoon while we were back in the Piazzetta, watching a man playing the Doge and his court and entertainers perform. This was one of the ships, receding past the sculpture of Adam and Eve carved into the corner of the Doge's Palace.
The next day, we watched the bucintoro, previously a mythical creature to me, row out towards the Lido with banks of rowers and a dozen red velvet-clad horn players. We chased after them on the vaporetto, spending several hours out at the Church of S. Nicolò, watching boat races. We crossed the island long enough to gaze out to open sea for a while, across the soft sands of the Lido beach, before heading back for the shade of home.