Venice, Italy

Venice is definitely one of a kind. I don’t think it’s possible to put into words how beautiful this place is. When you come to Venice, you’ll notice that you can’t drive through it. You can only walk everywhere or take a boat to your destination (Venice is actually much bigger than I thought!). Even though this might seem inconvenient, it truly wasn’t. Walking allows you to discover little areas that you wouldn’t have had you been driving. It forces you to spend time looking at the beautiful salt filled bricks holding up the buildings. You get to discover little hidden walkways that open up to a breathtaking courtyard filled with local shops and cathedrals. The culture is so rich here and if you get the chance to see it, you will see what I mean.

Walking to our hotel was the hardest and I say that because our luggage was very heavy. The place we stayed is a hidden gem, deep in Venice right off the ocean and surrounded by canals. Once we saw this incredible place, the walk to it was worth it and I would do it again a thousand times over. Our room had two shutter windows that open up to a canal, falling asleep to the sound of this… I think that was the best sleep I’ve had in forever. That night, we ate at a restaurant that had a deck right on the water. Our waiter was so nice, he told us that he lived over the bridge from Venice and that he comes to Venice where is grandma lives and stays with her while he works at this restaurant. One thing I loved about traveling was getting to speak to people who live there. They seem to see things differently and seem incredibly grateful for what they have. Sometimes I feel like here in the U.S. it’s so crazy and everyone is so busy trying to get somewhere or some people stay in the same spot their whole lives and never go out and see the world. In Europe, they travel. They see beauty in things that maybe other people don’t. Not to mention their food is the best food I have ever tasted. The restaurant we went to had a massive selection of wine, big shocker there 😉 , the wine we choose was the sweetest wine ever and it tasted amazing. I still have yet to find one similar here in the U.S. After some amazing pizza and wine we took off exploring the city and what it looks like here at night. To be honest I’m not sure if I like it better at night or during the day. The sunsets though… these sunsets are breathtaking and looks like actual cotton candy. If you have ever been to The Venetian in Las Vegas, they did an incredible job with the sunset ceiling replica of Venice.

The only thing I regret is leaving this place. You need a good solid month here to really feel like you have seen everything. The first few blocks of Venice are crowded with tourists, but if you go deep into it then those crowds are gone and you can enjoy Venice like a local.

-Next travel blog post will be about Rome and this is one I’ve been dreading to talk about, a little bit of a touchy subject which I will explain-

Thank you all for reading these stories, writing my experiences of being in different places has become one of my favorite things to write about and I hope some of it will help you if you ever travel to them.

 

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