Venice, Italy…the City of Water

by Michelle on January 21, 2015 · 6 comments

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I’ve been back from Italy for about a week now, but I haven’t had time to post an article until now because of my busy schedule (which will luckily will be over soon and then there will be the move to Munich!). In the meantime, I have been posting my travel pics up on Instagram, so if you haven’t already, check me out @ michelleineurope!

Anyway back to Venice! For those who haven’t been to Venice, it’s a gorgeous city. In fact, many people dub it the most beautiful city in the world. With all the lacework of canals, the piazzas, and the abundance of pretty architecture, I would have to agree. Apparently, it’s the also the city with the highest amount of tourists in Italy, and I had always thought Rome claimed that title!

It was a pretty bizarre feeling after stepping out from the train station and seeing the city for the first time, to see so much water (hey let’s not nicknamed the City of Water for no reason!)… and the scenery from the walk from the train station to the city centre only gets prettier.

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Since we had gone during the down season (which I would highly recommend as a time of travelling in any city you visit) which was right after the new year, the streets were pretty empty. Since Italian streets tend to be pretty small and narrow, it made exploring the city so much more fun. We could stop and take photos for example (and I did a lot of that!) without having to worry about blocking anyone’s way, there weren’t any long lines for anything, and the prices we paid for things were amazing! (for example we paid 12 euros each for a small hotel room that would otherwise cost 200 euros during peak season!)

It really felt like you had the city to yourself.

I was also amazed by how well people in Venice dressed. I think exquisite would be the only adequate word to describe some of the women there with their fur coats, leather boots and their perfect shades of red lipstick. It makes you wonder what sort of exciting Venetian life they must lead!

You can sort of see what I mean from the women in this picture…

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My friend Tania recommended a pizza place called Antico Forno, which me and Yann were excited to try. The first time we went (it’s one of those places you can’t just go to once), it took us forever to find it. In fact, we almost gave up until we stumbled across a pizza place that just happened to be it!

Funny enough, we overheard a couple talking about how it took them ages to find the place too, so it must be a common thing.

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With all the canals, it’s actually pretty easy to get lost in Venice.

Then again, I think everyone should spend some time getting lost in Venice…you can stumble upon some pretty cool things that way!

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Have you guys been to Venice? What was your favourite thing about the city?

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah January 21, 2015 at 7:55 pm

Lovely photos!! I visited Venice in April 2008 and I have been itching to go back ever since!

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Michelle Michelle January 29, 2015 at 6:52 pm

Thanks! Wow that was a long time ago…it’s a good excuse to revisit! :)

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Agness January 22, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Wow, Venice looks so wonderful. I’m absolutely in love with gondolas. Hope to make it there in the near future and your gelato…. omomomomomom!

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Michelle Michelle January 29, 2015 at 10:28 pm

Yes I hope you do! It’s not too far from Amsterdam :)

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Mike February 4, 2015 at 3:44 am

Pizza and gelato…..oh myyyyyyy. Now, where what were talking about here again? Oh, Venice!!! j/k! I just learned last year that the gondolas are curved with the left side being longer than the right side. I was amazed at that. Good post, Michelle :)

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Michelle Michelle February 9, 2015 at 1:45 pm

I didn’t know that! Thanks for the interesting fact 😛 And yes, pizza and gelato…some of the best food ever invented 😀

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