Venice, April 2006 
Sculpture above a doorway, outside of the Basilica San Marco, showing a Doge kneeling before the Lion of San Marco.
Sculpture above a doorway, outside of the Basilica San Marco, showing a Doge kneeling before the Lion of San Marco.
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Detail of a Doge and the Lion of San Marco.  Unlike kings and feudal royalty elsewhere, the Doge served the state, rather than the other way around.
Detail of a Doge and the Lion of San Marco. Unlike kings and feudal royalty elsewhere, the Doge served the state, rather than the other way around.
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Gothic carvings on a free standing pillar outside of the Basilica San Marco
Gothic carvings on a free standing pillar outside of the Basilica San Marco
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Detail from the top of the previous column
Detail from the top of the previous column
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Window detail outside the Palazzo Ducale
Window detail outside the Palazzo Ducale
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When I saw this mega-yacht, I thought that it had to be a British yach, because of the Union Jack like flag.  With the awesome power of google I found   that, in fact, this is a Microsoft sighting.
When I saw this mega-yacht, I thought that it had to be a British yach, because of the Union Jack like flag. With the awesome power of google I found that, in fact, this is a Microsoft sighting.

"Scat", the first yacht for Charles Simonyi, a driving force behind the development of Microsoft Excel. You could easily mistake her for a military vessel, given the large “9906” that’s painted on her hull in block lettering and the grey paint scheme. The numeric code was her project number while she was under construction, and the paint color was chosen because it’s easier on the eyes than “wedding cake” white. ("Power and Motor Yacht: World's 100 Largest Yachts")
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An example of vast amounts of money, meeting a poverty of design esthetic.
An example of vast amounts of money, meeting a poverty of design esthetic.
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A view of Dorsoduro near the Zatterie Waterbus stop
A view of Dorsoduro near the Zatterie Waterbus stop
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San Giorgio Maggiore, an impressive cathedral with a wonderful set of poorly lit paintings by Tintoretto.
San Giorgio Maggiore, an impressive cathedral with a wonderful set of poorly lit paintings by Tintoretto.
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