Venice for a Day.
SomeoneLikeYou Monday, September 8, 2014
Here are some actual photos of all of my adventures in Venice from spending the day there on Saturday. It's always been a dream/wish of mine to go to Venice (next to Paris), so I was incredibly excited to book this trip so early on! We went with a travel agency again (Florence for Fun) and took a three hour bus, 20 minute train, and 15 minute water taxi trip to finally get to the main part of Venice.
It was a beautiful, sunny day and Venice was honestly more spectacular that I could have imagined. The intricacy of this city is just phenomenal and astonishing. To have this city on water last for hundreds of years and still be able to visit today blows my mind. I was surprised to find out though that the city is actually sinking into the water, and in some of the shops we went to there was water on the floor from the high tides. They also have these ramps throughout the city where if the high tide comes in, you're to get on them to stay above the water!
We went to a glass blowing demonstration which Venice is famous for, and then had free time to walk around and explore the city. Most of Italy was put on the grid system by the Roman empire for easy navigation, but Venice is one of the Italian cities that is not. The streets just kind of wind and turn every which was which was confusing but kind of romantic to get lost in the city. The streets were incredibly narrow though--and I thought Florence's were bad! My roommate and I Haley got some food at a little place where I tried gnocchi with ragu sauce for the first time, and also ordered a Bellini! I had never had one before, but our tour guide told us that they were created in Venice so I thought it couldn't hurt to try. I actually, surprisingly really enjoyed it and would definitely order again. I've found with the drinks I've tried sips of that I really don't like the taste of alcohol or the way it burns, but this was light and not bad at all.
There's such an abundance of glass, lace, and leather shops around and Haley and I just did some window shopping + gelato eating before it was time for the gondola ride. Man, that has to have been my absolute FAVORITE part. It was magical. So peaceful, calm, and serene to float through the city by boat and absorb it by its main means of transportation. I got to sit in the front of the gondola which was actually more unsteady that I thought it would be and so I didn't realize I couldn't really move! No worries though, thankfully didn't tip the boat over--wouldn't have minded for the handsome gondola rower to rescue me though, ha!
Couldn't have asked for a better day in Venice. Was everything I had hoped for! Looking forward now to a weekend trip to the Almafi Coast, and then next week....PARIS!!
With much love, Lauren.