Napoleon is said to have called St. Mark's Square "the drawing room of Europe", and you can still see what he meant. It's big, imposing, elegant, and filled with people who are enjoying just being there; lazily browsing the postcard stalls, or contemplating the facades of St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace.
I love the beautiful arcade that surrounds the square. We wandered past shop after shop of expensive art and luxury goods. Near the end we found a little gem of a glass store with beautiful contemporary sculptural pieces. I was attracted to some very simple, strong animal figures; a clear glass fish with a ribbon of red curled inside and a blue hippo that looked so soft and solid I just wanted to touch. Even though we were clearly browsers, the owner was welcoming and gave us a tour, leading us up the tiny spiral staircase to the balcony that peeked out onto the square. It felt like a private, enchanted place to view all the activity below.
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