Venezia | Personal

Ahh, Venice... where to begin?! After our first two days in Rome we hopped on a train for the second leg of our trip. I was squealing before we were even out of the Venezia train station. Rome was amazing, but didn't hold a candle to this. :-)

We stayed in a tiny bed and breakfast somewhere in the heart of the city, that you would never know was there unless you were a guest. It was fun to go "home" each night to just a regular door on a regular street and feel like a native Venetian!

We had basically no agenda in Venice. All we wanted to do was wander around and get lost, and that's what we did. It's impossibly charming. Every bridge and canal you cross is cuter than the last one - hence why this post is way too long and I'll congratulate you if you make it to the end. I couldn't decide which darling canal view to eliminate so I pretty much just posted them all. You're welcome.

So, without further ado, here's my take on one of the most unique and delightful cities on earth. Hold on to your hats...
Stepping out on the grand canal from the train station. And falling immediately in love.

That door. #obsessed

Shimmering at night.

Aside from being adorable, Venice boasts the most amazing paper and pen shops.
I was swooning.

Piazza San Marco at night. A favorite Venice memory...

We listened to the various quintets taking turns performing in the cafes (all of them invariably with an accordion!) and Tara & I waltzed on the piazza to the Blue Danube.

Gelato. Of course.

Next morning we were off exploring!

Itty bitty streets...

Very talented glass musician!

We had cat encounters in all three of our Italy destinations. :-)

Pizze for lunch... again.

And a gondola ride!

The daily gelato!

That morning we saw a poster hanging in our B&B advertising a Vivaldi concert.
At a church where Vivaldi performed.
We went.

It was incredible! Insanely gifted musicians.

The next morning Tara & I got up at the crack of dawn to take some portraits. Unfortunately it was cloudy so we didn't get a sunrise. But I'm still not complaining about this light!

She took a few for me as well. :-)

Here she's laughing because some Italian fellows boated by on the canal, exclaiming, "Bellissima!"
Apparently that really does happen in real life, not just in the movies.

On the previous day I had noticed so. many. awesome. mail slots. I made it my goal to start taking pictures of them, and then of course only passed one cool one for the remainder of the trip. -_-
Going back for the mail slot tour next time.

Getting a picture of me mailing my postcards.
Sometimes I'm just shamelessly touristy.

Back to the Piazza San Marco

We stumbled on a tiny Vivaldi instrument museum, which was a fun little find!

Congratulations! You made it! :-) Thanks so much for following along with my travels - I've got a couple more Italy posts still coming, hopefully in the not-too-distant future. Lots of blogging to catch up on after a crazy last month!