As you may have seen from the first post on this blog, I have been lucky enough to visit many destinations in my lifetime but there is one place that I would love to return to. The place that I consider to be the most romantic city in the world. Venice.
It is little wonder that Mr and Mrs Clooney chose to get hitched there recently. It is beautiful. The little alleyways leading to all the different canals, St Marks Square, the gondolas, the bridge of sighs and the Grand Canal. So many beautiful things to see.
It’s funny because I can’t really remember the flight to and from Italy. I know that it was comfortable and scare-free (I would have remembered if it wasn’t!) and that, to me, is the sign of a good ‘un! A 23 year old me flew there back in 1994 and I was staying at a hotel in Rimini with my friend, Lindsey. The beaches had all but shut down for the end of the season so she and I decided to book a number of day trips. These included Rome and Florence but Venice was my absolute favourite.
I am so pleased that many of my photographs of my trip to Venice have survived. These were the days before digital cameras and iPhones so I have had to scan the pictures for this post.
We arrived there by boat. I can remember a coach dropping us off and we all got onto a waterbus which took us into Venice, passing the stunning Hotel Cipriani (I would LOVE to stay there!) and dropping us off outside Doge’s Palace.
We were with a tour guide who showed us the Bridge of Sighs, Doge’s Palace and, as we approached St Mark’s Square, the Columns of San Marco and San Theodoro – where is it believed that they executed criminals back in the 18th Century. Walking into St Mark’s Square was breathtaking. I have never seen a place so beautiful in my life. It was overwhelmingly huge
I will never forget that place and I am desperate to go back there with Ross and spend some proper time seeing the sites, browsing the shops, sip coffee in the cafes and eat pasta in the restaurants.
I found it a huge plus to have a tour guide when we were only visiting for a day. Not only did she know all the places off the beaten track, we also paid a visit to a glass-blowing factory; something Venice is famous for. The vase I purchased still sits on my shelf today.
There were two parts of the day which have become my favourite memories.
The first is sitting in St Mark’s Square having a coffee. I think that has to be the epitome of Italian chic when you are in Venice! It was really fascinating sitting there with Lindsey, watching the world go by.
The second was an absolute must if you are in Venice. Taking a ride on a Gondola. And, for those of you of a certain age, no, I didn’t sing the cornetto song!
If you have ever considered visiting Venice then do it! Without hesitation.
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