Internet time in the former city-state is as expensive as everything else, so my communication will be brief. I have taken over 200 photos and will cull a handful of the best for your viewing pleasure once I have returned to the states (a better use for photographs than argument against atrocity is to use them as documentary evidence of pleasure). Until then, text observations:
-It was not good to be the doge. Ten guys poised to behead you at any moment, no power but persuasion, and you have to live in a giant chilly box with a bunch of prisoners and bureaucrats. And no foreign vacations: they're illegal!
-There are an almost infinite number of ways to fantasize about eradicating the pigeons in St. Mark's Square. Tom Lehrer was quite unimaginative.
-Woman cannot live on gelato alone. But she can try.