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June 26th, 2010

My two youngest sisters and I arrived in Venice early Sunday morning in the midst of a terrific storm! During the water bus ride to Venice, the rain pelted the boat. We got off at our stop, Fondamente Nouve, and waited for the rain to slow down a bit before we walked to the hotel. We heaved our luggage over several stairway bridges trying to find the street to turn right onto, but we could not find it. As we walked, the rain fell harder and harder. It had been hot in Rome and we had only packed summery clothes and sandals, so we were soaking wet in a matter of minutes. We decided to take cover and wait for the rain to slow down a bit, while we figured out where we were and how to get to the hotel. Thankfully a kind Venetian man who spoke English was also taking cover and pointed us in the right direction to our hotel, and told us it was only a five minute walk. We waited for the rain to slow down a bit and then made a mad dash to our hotel.

Venice and the Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge

After drying off and changing, we borrowed an umbrella from the hotel front desk and ventured out around Venice. We walked carefully, avoiding puddles, through the narrow windy streets, raising and lowering our umbrellas as we passed other people, walking single file through the narrow streets and up and over the many bridges crossing the canal.

There’s no other city like Venice, with its history, quaint buildings, narrow streets and canals. Everything is built into the water it seems, and often you will see a house with a doorway and stairs descending into the water. It is amazing and absolutely remarkable to see a city build like this!

We walked around until we were soaking wet and then went back to the hotel to take a nap before venturing out again into the rain for dinner. We enjoyed dinner at a small pizzeria and proceeded to get lost in the dark on the way back to our hotel, almost walking into the canal a few times. Not fun to get lost in Venice in the rain, let me assure you! But we eventually found our way back to the hotel.

The next day it was raining less, but still sprinkled on and off throughout the day. We spent almost the entire day walking around Venice, crossing the bridges and exploring the narrow streets and alleyways. Venice is truly an incredible place, the thin, restricted streets that only allow two people to walk side-by-side through them, the canals, the water taxis and gondolas… all of it is just a sight to be seen! We also checked out the Vivaldi museum and took the water taxi to the island of Lido, where we had a lovely lunch, gelato, and walked around.

a narrow canal lined with buildings

My sisters had to fly back home on Tuesday afternoon and when we awoke on Tuesday morning the sun was shining and the sky a bright shade of cerulean. They were upset that the rain cleared the day they had to leave, but we got a few hours of photo taking and exploring in before they left. After they left, I spent the afternoon walking around and exploring more of Venice, as I had two more days left there by myself.

I spent the rest of my time walking around Venice, sitting at café’s reading and using the city WiFi, enjoying wine and beer, and soaking up the sun. Venice is much better when it’s not raining, that’s for sure! I also bought some new leather handbags, because Italian leather is just to die for… seriously, so inexpensive, great quality, and soft supple leather! I couldn’t resist!

On Thursday evening, after lounging around in the sun and walking through the narrow winding streets all day, I bid Venice ciao-ciao, took the water taxi to the train station and bought myself a first class ticket on the regional train to San Felice sul Panaro. Venice is definitely a city that is one-of-a-kind and I’m so glad I got to experience it!

One Response to “Venezia”

  1. Eric says:

    The gelato in Venezia is the best I have ever had. I had fun getting lost in, too bad the woman the weather wasn’t better for you.

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