Who can believe that it’s already September 15?! Not me! I have so much to catch you all up on. Life is good, good, good. Italy was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to share some stories!
[I sure do love traveling with this guy!]
Our first stop was Venice. What a dream! There are so many things I loved about this city. It’s absolutely gorgeous, there is water everywhere, and the people are so nice! It’s small enough that you can walk almost anywhere…and if you don’t want to walk, you can always just hop on a boat! Boats are to Venice as cars are to Houston. It seems like everyone was driving one around. They take their boats seriously too – even the buses were boats. It was such a fun experience!
We stayed at Hotel Galleria, which is on the water and next to Accademia Bridge. We had such a pretty view from our bedroom windows! It was so peaceful laying in bed and listening to the sound of the water – I could get used to that! In addition to the great location, the service was also fabulous!
We did a lot of walking while in Venice, but that’s the best way to get a feel for the city. There are so many beautiful bridges, buildings, and squares. The city has such a great flow – the stone walkways, brightly colored buildings, and brick walls all compliment each other. It’s truly a unique sight!
The food that we ate in Venice was average at best. It was the only let down of the city. However, we did find a small wine bar, Aslquero, that we fell in love with! I would suggest it to anyone going to Venice. It was right on the water and the two ladies working there were so helpful and sweet! We ended up going there twice! The first time we sat inside and snacked on a few crostinis; the second time we sat outside on some steps by the water.
[Cheers to Venice!]
Since we were in Venice, we decided it was only appropriate that we take a gondola ride! At first, it felt a little cheesy, but it ended up being relaxing and romantic! It was definitely a good decision. The gondolier pointed out a few significant landmarks and told us stories about the history of Venice (he was great whistler too – haha).
[Cheesy pic for a cheesy boat ride – but SO worth it!]
It’s hard to remember everything we saw while in Venice, but a few other noteworthy stops were Santa Maria della Salute, The Rialto Bridge, Basilica San Marco, and Piazza San Marco. The history and architecture in Venice are so unique – a city that was quite literally built on water. We learned that Venice was originally founded by Italian mainlanders who were running from barbarians after the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century. The Venetians had knowledge of the sea, but the barbarians did not. They decided to build a city on the water so that the barbarians would be unable to get to them.
From Venice, we took a 2 hour train ride to Florence – up next, I’ll share those adventures! Feel free to let me know if you have any questions about Venice. I’d be happy to share more details!
Lots of love – ked