My Dream Destination: Venice

SCAN0028As 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.

The Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs

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.

The Columns of San Marco and San Theodoro

Tthe Columns of San Marco and San Theodoro

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.

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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.

St Mark's Square

St Mark’s Square

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.

This post is an entry for the #Flying100 Family Holiday Challenge, celebrating how flying allows us to make memories and ‘be there’, in association with #Flying100. Find out more at http://bit.ly/flying100

My Venice Vase

My Venice Vase

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11 Comments

  1. 26/11/2014 / 11:12 pm

    Venice is on my list too – I haven’t been yet but earlier this year I had a weekend in nearby Verona which was amazing and we are looking to repeat that trip next year – last time we flew home from Milan so we had half a day visiting Milan – It wasn’t for me – next time we so our Verona trip, I want to take the hour and a bit train ride to Venice and have at least a day there! If you do make it back, I’d recommend a quick visit to Verona for the amazing arena there if you can fit it in 🙂

    Emma x
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  2. 07/11/2014 / 6:57 pm

    I was lucky enough to travel through Europe years ago….I remember the Cornetto advert you are referring to!…and spent a few days in Rome, which was tiring but invigorating at the same time (so much to see,so little time!)…I never got to Venice though and would have like to have, my Sister-In-Law went and loved it. She bought back a lovely Morengo (?)glass clock for us, which is so pretty.

    Only recently I was hunting down old photographs of my travels from back then, but my husband reminded me that we lost a load of photographs that were damaged by the damp….But I still have the memories and will hopefully return to Italy one day and get to visit Venice too.
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  3. 07/11/2014 / 2:10 pm

    Great pics Victoria. We (me and the hubby & BP) visited Venice about 9 years ago when BP was just over 1 and we (mistakenly) took the pushchair with us. I distinctly remember lifting the pushchair up and down stairs constantly. We didn’t think it would be an issue but it turned out we were wrong! My arms ached so much after that weekend. I loved Venice and we got some fabulous photos. Great post.
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  4. 07/11/2014 / 12:34 pm

    Hopefully you can get back to Venice soon. Me and the missus went there last year for our 1 year wedding anniversary. We decided to do something really random and go there just for the day! We got an early flight there and a late flight back and had ample time to look around and take everything in. We were knackered by the end of it though as walking is really the only way to get around Venice, unless you have arm bands to jump in the canals!
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  5. 07/11/2014 / 8:42 am

    Best of luck with the competition lovely lady. Hubby and I went to Venice in the first year of being together. We missed our flight and ended up in Verona, had a couple of days there and got the train to Venice. It ended up being a fab trip! Oh to have the luxury of over sleeping and missing a flight *says with coffee in hand* xxx
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  6. 05/11/2014 / 12:21 pm

    Venice is on my list of dream destinations and I enjoyed hearing how you love it so. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.
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