Venice is one of those places that is not at all overrated. I freakin’ LOVED Venice. And I actually think it’s one of the few places that I’d break my “one time only” rule for. Especially because you never can tell when the water levels are going to rise high enough to permanently shut down access to this wonderful little city. I mean, just look at it. Oh – AND the entirety of Venice and all of its lagoons is a UNESCO site. BONUS.
You can plainly see in this pic how rising water levels, which happens quite frequently in Venice, can be a real problem for both visitors and locals.
Piazza San Marco is the main square in Venice, and it is home to millions of tourists and pigeons.
Back in the day I used to shoot film, and I had this great little Canon 35 mm that was both waterproof and shot panoramics. To this day, the quality of the prints from this camera are among the best I’ve ever seen. I had some of the pics converted to digital, but there’s too much quality loss to tell how good it really was.
Darcie and I didn’t ride any gondolas, but if I ever go back there with a special guy, you can bet I’ll be taking that gondola ride!
Okay I won’t lie, it was a little tempting.
Italian dessert and limoncello? yes, please.
Apparently Peggy was a huge dog lover. Buried alongside her are her “beloved babies,” the 13 dogs she owned throughout her life. They’ve got really interesting names.
One thing I should probably mention about Venice is that if you’re not going by waterway (in other words, if you’re walking), prepare to get very very lost. Multiple times. The streets in venice are the most insanely confusing streets of anywhere in the world. Even the locals will admit to getting lost. And that’s coming from someone who prides herself on her navigational skills. Things may be different now, with the advent of smart phones and GPS, but I’d be willing to be even google maps will steer you wrong at least once during your travels. The point is, build some extra time in your day for a few missteps.
This is how the locals get in and out of their houses. Check out the clothes drying line up top. Such a different and unique lifestyle. We spoke with some locals from Venice who were frustrated because the property values in the area were going sky high as more and more outsiders came in to buy up the finite amount of property that they did have. I found it highly relatable, as it’s a recurring theme here in Hawaii too.
It was cool, but if you ask me, you can definitely skip the trip to murano. They sell enough of the glass in Venice and there’s really nothing much more to see over there.
I’m not a cannoli person, but since I gobbled up all the gelato I bought within seconds, I didn’t have any pictures of that. So you get a cannoli photo instead 😉
It may not look like much, but look at how cheap these mini pizzas are! And I mean, how can you not eat pizza in Italia?
It was so rainy actually, that we got caught in the middle of a rainstorm while trying to walk home one night. We took cover in a small tunnel under a bridge and were stuck there with several other people who were trying to stay dry as well. For some reason, Darcie didn’t seem cheery about it 😉