Thursday, February 5, 2015

Instagram Travel Thursday: Venice, Italy

Before our trip to Italy this past Summer, I couldn't even imagine what the city of Venice would be like. I had heard good and bad...it was dirty, it was expensive, it was crowded, it was like Disneyland.

We arrived by train and literally stepped directly into the heart of Venice from the train station. We were immediately taken in by this stunning city, as if we had traveled back in time or stepped out of a page in a history book. We gathered our bags and walked to our hotel a fair distance away, unnoticed as we were all swept up in taking in the sights and sounds of this ancient and magical Italian city.


We stayed at The Boscolo Venezia which had a surprisingly large, beautiful and mysterious garden in the back. We spent our time in Venice walking the streets and getting lost in the alleyways (you have to prepare yourself that you WILL get lost and its okay!), peering into shops, touring churches, sipping coffee and doing the usual touristy things. We did not ride a gondola which is quite pricey but we enjoyed seeing them everywhere and taking plenty of pictures. We walked a lot!

We had some fantastic meals off the beaten path. We loved strolling the city at dusk.  We took the tour of the Grand Canal which is worth doing to get a real sense of the city's famous waterways (there are NO CARS!). Piazza San Marco
was packed with summer tourists and pigeons, but we soaked it all in and enjoyed every minute of it. We had a fantastic dinner and bottle of wine at a quiet little restaurant with the friendliest host.  We watched the World Cup finals with the Italians at a local bar and even found some of the best craft beer in Europe!

I'm so glad we spent time in Venice. I will enjoy the memories we made of our Summer days and nights spent in Venice and how magical and beautiful it was to me.

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9 comments:

  1. I've not been back to Italy since iphones and instagram appeared - time to re-visit! I really love the Laundry Day - excellent choice to use video.

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  2. Thank you Kymri! It was a moment and it is a whole different experience with phone cameras and social apps! Loved Venice. You must revisit soon!

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  3. Beautiful images. It's been a while since I went to Venice and it's such an enchanting place to visit.

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    1. Thank you Reeta. It really is! Loved it.

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  4. Beautiful photos! Venice is at the top of my wish list! We have been to Rome but need to see more of Italy.

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    1. Thank you Lisa! Definitely try and get there on your next Italian adventure. It's worth it. And it was an easy train ride from Rome.

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  5. I so need to explore Italy a bit more... okay a whole lot more. I've only been to Rome so Venice is on my list when I finally get there! Looks like a very family friendly spot!

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    1. Yes! Definitely put Venice on your list and it is family friendly. And the trains make it easy to get into and out of the city so no car necessary.

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  6. I'm just getting around to visiting today. Love this post, and your photos are gorgeous. I would love to visit Venice again myself.

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