Always Magical

This isn’t my first trip to Venice but it seems like the first time whenever I find myself there again. What other city is composed entirely of canals and bridges and gondolas as taxis? What other city has no cars or motorcycles to dodge or walk around? What other city has such fantastic architecture? I got lost several times while there but I knew if I kept walking and crossing bridges I would eventually be able to get where I wanted to go. Maurice, as a late birthday present, took me there to be followed by the voyage home on the famous train, the Orient Express. I have a lot to say about that but, first, Venice.

We flew by plane into Venice and I actually got to see it as we landed. I could see four huge cruise ships and, a couple of times, we saw them making one making its way up the Grand Canal with the help of two tug boats.

This was our hotel and it was really nice. It’s a short walk from Saint Mark’s Square and we had a room facing the Grand Canal so we could see tourists pouring in every morning to see the city and then leave every evening. Next time, though, we are going to stay in a quieter area on the other side of the Grand Canal called the Dorsoduro.

The sun always wakes me up but it’s hard to complain when you get a sunrise view like this.

Or this.

We went to the Dorsoduro area of Venice on the morning we arrived. Did I mention we had to get up at 4 AM to catch a 7 AM flight? We were exhausted and hungry by 10 AM. We saw this little place and went in.

There we had our first Spritz cocktail of our visit made with Aperol and Proseco. They add an olive to the drink here in Venice which I hadn’t seen before. We drank this before it was even 11AM. Why not?

The Venetians have their own style of tapas called cicheti and not only were they very good, they were very affordable. We had them for meals several times while in Venice.

Italian shutters. I love how they open at the bottom. I saw them in Nice too.

Not everyone there is on vacation.

This is a doorbell. I saw several like this-heads of lions with the button for the bell in the mouth.

Little religious shrines everywhere.

There were posters advertising a flower fete coming up. Wouldn’t you love to see gondolas full of flowers all over the canals?

A pretty view down an alley.

More photos to come.

5 thoughts to “Always Magical”

  1. You are absolutely correct: always magical!! I was just in Venice at the end of December and your photos make me want to back!

    I love wandering, getting lost, eating cicheti, wandering some more. Thanks for posting and can’t wait to hear more.

  2. Love your photos. I’ve not been to Venice but whenever it is mentioned I always think of that wonderful movie with Katherine Hepburn and Rosano Brazzi “Summertime.”

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