I have been asked whether I thought Venice was romantic. My response was “not in my mind”. But I also believe that anything can be romantic if the thought and energy are there.
I have always wanted to go to Venice and when you dream of a place you do get a formed image in your head. I guess the gondola’s make it romantic for many.
I had no allusions to it being romantic. I looked at it being mysterious and it did meet my expectations. For me it was a dream come true.
I managed to find us simple apartment in Venice itself, in an area that was quiet. We also had the pleasure of sharing our good fortune with a friend from Bristol.
We went in the off season – not that I think there really is one. The sites were not packed which is what we prefer.
Walking around Venice is quite easy, but it is best just to get lost. You find so much more – even dead ends. That is how we found the main market.
Hanging out on the Rialto bridge watching the postal delivery boats unload, soaking up the sun. Helping tourists take their iconic photos with the Grand Canal in the background. Magpie loves doing that.
Every city has it “one thing” that seems to be hocked the most – for Venice it is the extension pole for phone cameras. It was crazy with them, especially on the Rialto Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs. St. Mark’s Square was not as busy.
When our friend arrived we had already made arrangements to go to the Opera. We had box seats to watch the Romeo and Juliet Opera in Italian. After prepping Magpie with the storyline and warning we would not understand what was being said, we were shocked to see that the words were being displayed at the top of the stage in both italian and english. Bonus!
The night was a success and the walk back to the apartment crisp and so different. It is important to see cities at night too.
While we were here we did not have any flooding. We learned that the air siren will beep for how high the water will be. When there are 4 beeps you must put in the flood plates, but you do have 2 hours on which to do it.
Did we take a gondola ride? Yes, but not the tourist one. Many people do not know that it is possible to take gondolas like a taxi, which is much cheaper to do. We did take a tour of the islands which was very interesting and picture perfect.
Will be go back to Venice? – Yes because we want to experience Carnival and see the costumes and masks. The shops with the masks are just incredible. I am so glad that we don’t buy souvenirs because it would be hard with those masks.
Food wise – we did not find it overly expensive, definitely fresh and we did not have any issues finding gluten free vegan when we wanted it.
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