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20070517 Arizona Women's Basketball Tour of Italy: Day 4 - Venice
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Release: 05/17/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><A href="http://www.arizonaathletics.com/PhotoAlbum.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=1600&amp;PALBID=11491">Photo Gallery</A></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"></SPAN> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">By: Jessica Arnold<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">So far this trip has been awesome and still somewhat surreal even though we have been here five days.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Today I woke up about 8 a.m. and enjoyed a nice run down on the beach with Shannon Hobson.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Then we made our way to <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Venice</st1:place></st1:City>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We had to take a 45 minute ride on a boat to reach <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Venice</st1:place></st1:City>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">When we got there, it was beautiful.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The buildings are so amazing I can&rsquo;t even describe them in words.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We all gathered around St. Marco&rsquo;s square (Marco is the Patron Saint of Venice) and begin our two hour walking tour of <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Venice</st1:place></st1:City>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We began our tour in this huge church in front of St. Marco&rsquo;s square, St. Marco&rsquo;s Basilica.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The building structure was amazing. It took 30 years to build and 180 years to decorate.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>There are parts of the building that are covered in real gold and each part of gold was put on one by one, which if you saw the amount of gold on the church, it is pretty amazing.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Then we headed over to the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Rialto</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Bridge</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, which on the other side of the bridge is the market, which consists of various shops.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After that we were on our own to eat dinner and go shopping.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We spent about a couple of hours just walking around <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Venice</st1:place></st1:City>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>For dinner we ate at this little place down one of the streets.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Let me tell you the lasagna was amazing.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>It was better then anything you would find in the <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">U.S.</st1:place></st1:country-region><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Then we had some Gelato, which is so much better than ice cream.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Let&rsquo;s say the caf?? and coconut has been my favorite so far but I&rsquo;m sure there is still plenty of Gelato for me to try! <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">It&rsquo;s amazing that the whole city is basically &ldquo;floating&rdquo; on water and was built on mud.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They say in about 50 years the city is going to have major problems because it will start to sink.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Fortunately the city is already coming up with some solutions so the city does not end up like the City of <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Atlantis</st1:place></st1:City>!<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Venice</SPAN></st1:place></st1:City><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> is the best place I have seen so far and is a million times better in real life than in any picture.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The environment of the city is incredible with its narrow streets, &ldquo;water taxis,&rdquo; and down to its million pigeons that surround St. Marco&rsquo;s square. I&rsquo;m excited and looking forward to our future destinations in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Italy</st1:place></st1:country-region>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Ciao!! <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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