Unexpected problem with Venice: mosquitos! Apparently they get even worse in July & August. Other than that, I'm enjoying myself here.
On Friday morning, I took these photos from up in the Bell Tower -- that was the best 6 euros I've spent here, what an amazing view of Venice (the same way it is worth it to go up the Empire State Bldg when you're in NYC). Then I went to St Mark's Basilica (the church in Piazza San Marco). It's smaller than Notre Dame but much more ornate. The floor alone is worth seeing -- incredibly detailed inlaid marble. No charge for admission, but you pay to go to some areas. I paid to see the Treasury, which has art pieces made from gold, rubies, emeralds, etc and also relics (bones & other body parts) from bygone important officials. Also paid to look at a gold altar screen.
Friday night I went to one of the contemporary dance shows. It was at the Teatro Malibran, which is a gorgeous 17th century theatre. The show was great & I had a good seat. It was a Korean company called the Laboratory Dance Project .. a really high energy, fun to watch performance. (In contrast to the dance show I saw Sunday, which was more the moody, incomprehensible style of modern dance, by an Italian company)
Saturday I went to Arsenale to see more of the Biennale (next entry).
Then Sunday, I went to the Peggy Guggenheim museum. PG lived in Venice the last 30 years of her life, in a palace on the grand canal. She opened a museum in her home, and after her death the Guggenheim foundation bought a building next door to house her modern art collection (art from the first half of the 20th century) and her former home is used for contemporary art exhibits.