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Travel along Spine of Europe: Clearing European Continental Chakras of Constantine's and Other Warrior Energies
Pula and Venice: A Short Respite
From an Epic Shamanic Pilgrimage for Love and Peace
Walking Tour of Pula, Watery Tour of Venice
VENICE, Italy, Oct 6 - After two frenetic days of long distance driving and emotional ceremonies, Thursday, Oct 6, felt like a day of relative respite in our itinerary. Still, we managed to cover 180 miles by car in over four hours driving from Pula to Venice, and then spent several hours sailing and walking all over the city of San Marco, San Giorgio and the gondolas. What was once one of the powerhouses of the Mediterranean is now a museum on water. And a tourist trap.
After a nice breakfast at our Pula hotel, we went for a stroll around the city's harbor area, waiting for the Arena to open so we can go inside. The Adriatic sea was so calm that it looked like a mirror...
That's when something happened whose significance did not become apparent to me until two days later, on a flight from Belgrade to Athens. As we walked around the church you can see in above pictures toward the nearby Temple of the Augustus, Elizabeth tripped and fell. As I was holding her hand, I was able to soften her fall somewhat. But she still hit the stone pavement hard enough to earn a bruise on her hip.
So what was that about? Here's what came to me on that flight from Belgrade to Athens:
Actually, Elizabeth never told me about her bruise until much later. So unfazed, we walked on to the nearby park which was full of Roman antiquities, just lying around like an open-air museum. Then we walked back to the Arena. Check out our Pula photos...
PULA Photo Album (Oct 6)
The drive from Pula to Venice was uneventful.
Watery Tour of Venice
The drive from Pula to Venice was uneventful though the traffic was quite heavy on Italian freeways. Our biggest challenge, however, was finding the Venice Mestre train station where we were supposed to return our rental car that we got in Paris. You'd think that a train station, of all things, should be easy to find!? Once we did get there, we found out that the car rental place was actually closed. A two-hour lunch break! Go figure... And those are business practices by a founding member of the European Union (started by a Treaty of Rome, signed in 1957). Anyway, we cooled our heels for a while until the office reopened, and then boarded a local train to Venice.
It was Elizabeth's first visit to Venice. And I have not been there in over three decades. But the old European cities don't change much. At least not on the outside. Or maybe even on the inside, either. We have both found the Venetians to be very arrogant people, a sharp contrast to the friendly smiles we have met everywhere else in Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and Germany. Even the people who were in the tourism business behaved as if they were doing us a favor by letting us spend our money with them while visiting their city.
So yes, Venice is beautiful. But also, it is lacking the heart and the warmth that so many other beautiful cities offer. That said, here's a pictorial tour of our one-day visit to Venice for you.
VENICE Photo Album (Oct 6)
TO BE CONTINUED...
BACKGROUND & CONTEXT
HAIKU, Maui, Sep 27, 2011 - To understand the full context of this extraordinary journey, a new reader needs to check out and contemplate the following revelations that came to be about Constantine, the first Roman Emperor to embrace Christianity and help codify it (see Nicene Creed) into a religion that we still know it today, 1700 years later. The first revelation occurred in late June of this year, at the time of the 40th anniversary of my first wife's death (Betty, who I later intuited was also my first wife Minervina in the Constantine lifetime).
Through a combination of my own intuitions, and that of my Masters-Teachers and other important figures in Constantine's lifetime who are incarnated today, I pieced together this fascinating mosaic of stories (published at my arts and spirituality web site - www.altzar.org ):