Criminal Sighs

March 23, 2012

Criminal Sighs

March 23, 2012

Our hotel was just a 1-minute walk from the Bridge of Sighs. The enclosed bridge with the two square windows connects the prisons to the interrogation room in Doge's Palace, which by the way was much more stunning than I anticipated. A local legend says that lovers will be granted everlasting love and bliss if they kiss on a gondola at sunset under the bridge. Since my own bliss comes from driving Mr. Wild Dingo mad, I made sure to avoid boats and sunsets.

Built in 1602, the bridge coined its name by Lord Byron (boy, that guy gets around), who suggested that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice through the window before being taken down to their cells. But in reality, the inquisitions were long over by the time the bridge was built and the prison cells under the palace mostly held small-time criminals.

"Who are they calling small-time? Retardo Montelbon, bust me outta here!"
"J'arrive Principessa!"

 

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6 comments on “Criminal Sighs”

  1. Woo can always tell who your real furiends are.... they show up anywhere, anytime, when woo need help. Bravo!

    jack & moo

  2. But wouldn't smooching at sunset ensure that you'd be able to drive him nuts forever and ever? 😉 Yeah, Lord Byron did get around - it was a rough life being an idle aristocrat. I mean, other than drinking heavily, naming heretofore-unnamed bridges, stealing archaeological treasures, and fighting in wars that had nothing to do with you, what else was there to do? BTW, I think the people in the Loki gondola are hoping that they aren't on the receiving end of the Jaws of Doom. 😉

    -Dr. Liz, who clearly has nothing better do to than harass you

  3. The canals would be more enchanting if Jed weren't having one of his drooling flare-ups right now and working on turning our living room into a canal - or a lake. It's something to do with his inflammatory disorder. So did you enjoy the gondola rescue, Loki? Bet Juno could make a nice Rapunzel-like rope from the floof she's probably shedding as her coat transitions to summer weight.

    Jed & Abby

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