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Venice: One-Thirty-Six

Posted on Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Dave!British Airways gave me the best that I could possibly hope for on any trip: an uneventful flight.

And so here I am in Venice, Italy for a few days. Partly because there's a new Hard Rock Cafe here. But mostly because I watched a television program on New Orleans where some scientist guy reminded everybody that Venice is sinking into the sea and could be wiped out if a big enough flood were to strike despite our best efforts. This freaked me out a little bit, because last time I was here the city was just recovering from a small flood. With all the recent natural disasters plaguing the world, I thought it a good idea to see Venice again... just in case.

It breaks my one rule for my annual birthday trip (to see a place I've never see before), but I love Venice, and heaven only knows when I'd find time to visit again. Besides, I've already been someplace I've never been to this year, so I guess it's all good.

And I managed to get that 136th Hard Rock visit too...

Hard Rock Cafe Venice

Inside the Hard Rock Cafe Venice

Inside the Hard Rock Cafe Venice

Hard Rock Cafe Venice Chandalier

The cafe itself is small. Very small. Tiny even. But it is beautifully appointed, and I was thrilled that the new "hipster-lounge" decorating style that's been plaguing new Hard Rocks around the world has been mercifully downplayed here. It's decorate more like a "classic" Hard Rock, which is nice. The location is superb, just off the Piazza San Marco, so hopefully the tourist trade will keep this property alive for a while.

And I'm off to watch the sun set from the Rialto Bridge. That's an experience that never gets old.

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  1. Lisa says:

    I love that red chandelier! Have a great birthday trip!

  2. Invader_Stu says:

    I’ve never been to Venice myself but I really want to one day. It seems like such an amazing place.

  3. the muskrat says:

    I need to bring Deb to Venice before it sinks.
    One of my life’s fondest memories is staying up all night in the square with several bottles of red wine and then watching the sun rise over the canal the following morning. Just a bunch of drunk law students and about 20 photographers. Beautiful.

  4. Awesome. I figured it was new as I don’t remember there being a Hard Rock Cafe the last time I was in Venice. Mind you, the last time I was there was when I lived in Italy back in 1997 so I’m sure quite a lot has changed since then.

  5. James Bow says:

    I think you can make the following exception to your birthday rule:

    See something you’ve already seen before, if there’s a chance that you’ll never see it again.

  6. Sybil Law says:

    Sooo jealous of your adventures, but sooo thankful for your awesome pictures!

  7. claire says:

    This seems so perfect since I’m just reading a novel that, for the moment, is set in Venice so I’ve got it on the brain.

    I hope you have/had a fantastic birthday!

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