First off was these cool, huge anchors outside.
|Me for scale. Those of you who know me know that I am not a small guy...|
|There were also lots of cool globes.|
|And sea chests.|
Near the museum is also the entrance to the Arsenale, which was the shipyard where the ships were made. It's still an active naval base, so you can't go in, but you can see the very cool towers that once held the gates.
|The entrance to Arsenale.|
|Lion taken as a war prize.|
One of the first things we did was go up into the bell tower in Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square). This provides an amazing view of Venice, and it happened to be one of the very few sunny days we had. Well worth the 8 euros. Check out these views.
|Closeup of the winged lion on top of the column.|
Here's a video of the view.
More to come.