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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

48 Hours in Venice

Cast your minds back to June this year and should you follow me on any form of social media, you may well recall my trip to Venice with my dear friend Amy at the end of the month. In all honesty, I'm a tad embarrassed at how long it's taken me to put this post together; there's a fine line between 'letting the dust settle' and being a shiftless oaf and unfortunately, it's one that I seem to tread all too often. As I try and move away from such laziness, however, I thought I'd finally get my act together and share with you a photo diary of our whirlwind tour of Venice!
I reckon it goes without saying that Venice is easily one of the most picturesque places I've ever been. A long time staple on my travel bucket list, I first visited the floating city as a little sprog back in the 90s and I've wanted to return ever since I can remember. Amy herself had never been to Venice before and so it felt like we were both discovering it for the first time, even if I was following in my two-year-old self's tiny footsteps. 

Our first port of call was Piazza San Marco, or St Mark's Square to those of us who don't fancy butchering the Italian pronunciation. Although teeming with tourists (as expected), it was well worth battling through them to see the Basilica in all of its glory. I'd also highly recommend ascending St Mark's Campanile (or the big tower thing) for a breathtaking panorama over the city.

Anyone who's ever been to the National Gallery or is a particular fan of Canaletto should be familiar with this view of the Grand Canal from the Ponte dell'Academia. As Wikipedia will tell you, it's one of only four bridges that span the Grand Canal and its view of the Salute in the distance makes it worth the short walk from St Mark's Square.

We also visited the Gallerie dell'Academia whilst in the area which despite the entry fee (how I longed for London's free galleries as I forked over €10) was incredibly impressive to look around.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but when in Venice, one must gondola, yes? I'm sure it's the law. Despite being a rather hefty €80 for a half-hour ride *gulps* it's an unmissable way of seeing the city and a Venetian rite of passage. It's also the only way you'll see the side of the iconic Rialto Bridge that's not obscured by a rather garish Diesel advert. Sounds like a conspiracy if you ask me...

One of the best things about Venice is that you can allow yourself to get lost and walk anywhere to fully absorb the city. There's so much to see away from all of the tourist traps as well as plenty of opportunities to get that perfect side street canal photo. ...We never did make it to that pizza and jazz establishment, however. I'm still upset about it.

Part of our hotel package included a free visit to the nearby island of Murano, famed for its glass and colourful buildings. Getting a free water taxi to the island felt very James Bond-esque and even getting the water bus back didn't really feel like public transport. It certainly put getting on the Central Line at peak commuter time into perspective. 

I also must say that I've taken many photos in my time, but capturing that surfing dog on the canals of Murano has to be some of my best work. I'm more of a cat person myself, but there's no denying that that dog could easily be my spirit animal.

My final mention goes to my dear friend and wonderful travelling partner, Amy. Travelling with me is not a particularly easy task and her ability to tolerate my quirks (reads: annoying habits) and sacrifice her 3G for Google Maps every time we got lost made the trip what it was. She's currently volunteering in Costa Rica, working with big cats and primates (she's actually Wonder Woman) and so I hope she appreciates this shout out when she's reunited with wi-fi!

And that concludes my round up of my trip to Venice! It's incredible to be able to tick yet another destination off my travel bucket list and composing this post has made me even more excited for my next adventure at the end of this month. Thank you so much for reading and if you'd like to see more posts like this in the future, be sure to let me know in the comments below!

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  1. Definitely more travel posts! This was lovely :-)

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    1. Thank you for saying! I look forward to making more in the future :-)

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  2. Lovely photos. I really want to go now! :)

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  4. Venice is the perfect place for the tourism and the people who want to go there should go for the real enjoyment. Venice is so beautiful country and I never found a good place in other countries but you can get custom essay writing services from us. These pictures are looking very different.

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  6. Ah Venice. It's my dream to visit it. But I need really big amount money for it, because, s you've mentioned, only gondola ride is expensive as hell and I really want to try everything there, without thinking to much about about money. Hope my work at http://ratedbystudents.com/services/essaytigers will allow me save enough money for such a trip

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