Waking up in Venice always seemed like one of those dreams that would forever be a fantasy. Waking up in Venice with the love of your life sipping an Americano along the canal seemed like an even bigger fantasy considering I had never been in a real relationship, nor did I like coffee until I was 18.
Now after countless daydreams I can finally say the fantasy of Venice is no longer some pipe dream and I can tell you everything I loved about Venice.
4 Things I Loved About Venice
I Loved The Canals
This is a given for anyone who visits Venice but how could I not mention how beautiful the canals were? Everywhere you went was so photogenic and surreal that it made my heart swoon. I always feel like we miss out in Canada because we’re such a new country that we don’t have anything of this historic beauty to marvel at. But I guess that’s why plane tickets are my addiction. One minute your trudging though snow in Canada and the next you’re playing The Merchant of Venice in Venice along the canals sipping wine and snacking on a little too much bread.
I Loved The Narrow Streets
I don’t know what I expected when I got to Venice but I did not expect there to be so many tiny streets. And then there were streets where you had to duck under a wall/gap to get to another streets. Some streets your shoulders were almost touching the walls and then some streets wound round and round until you hit a dead end in a maze of brick walls. If it wasn’t for Google Maps I think Aaron and I would still be lost somewhere in that maze. It was so cool! There’s no other appropriate word. There’s something about being in the middle of two towering walls, squeezing through, trying to get to a bridge that connects you to more towering walls that eventually leads to a beautiful mossy covered courtyard that makes you believe you’re in some story book.
I Loved The History
One of the greatest things, besides food, about Italy is the history. No matter where you go it’s like you’re transported back in time which is one of the reasons I loved Venice so much. We made it to the Bridge of Sighs and learned that it was called that because that was the passage between the courthouse and the jail that the prisoners walked through once finished their trial. Who knew such a beautiful bridge had such a somber story? And not to mention that Venice is 1500 years old. How insane is that?
I Loved How Easy It Was
It was so easy to fall in love with Venice. I know I say this a lot but it was like being in a story. The canals, the cobble streets, the food, the wine, the gondolas, the experience, the architecture.. Everything was so beautiful. All you had to do was walk around and let Venice take you. I got lost a few times and I didn’t care because everywhere you went had something to offer. So let the city engulf you and enjoy one of the few cities that’s so easy to be apart of. There’s aren’t many places like it and it’s something that should be appreciated.
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