In January I spent three weeks studying overseas in Florence and on our weekends we would hop on a train and spend our free time exploring different Italian cities! Today we’re travelling to Venice where I weaved my way through the masked crowds celebrating the first day of carnevale, stood in awe at the incredible architecture of the historic floating city and bobbed along in a gondola with my friends! If you enjoy this photo diary then give this post a “like” so I know, and let’s get to Venice!
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It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway – Venice was incredible. With its multitude of canals in the place of roads, the entire city had a dreamy, romantic feeling. Walking its narrow streets and over its arched bridges while people glided along in gondolas underneath you made it feel like you were on a completely different planet. Even though I’ve never experienced a city built like this, I wasn’t overcome with an overwhelming foreign feeling. Instead, I found the warmth of its colours, people and energy to be peaceful and welcoming.
It was freezing when we arrived as a lot of Venice streets are in shadows during this time of the year, so an Italian hot chocolate was essential while we wandered around.
After our window shopping it was time for some sight seeing, and the central square, St Mark’s Basilica and the Rialto Bridge were absolutely stunning.
After lunch, it was time for our greatly anticipated gondola ride! The weather turned from blue skies to completely foggy and when we reached the water, to the point where it was almost a whiteout. It was so surreal and as we carefully lowered ourselves into the rocking, creaking wooden boat, it felt like we were in a Pirates of the Caribbean film! But thankfully the misty waters were only when we were out at sea and the canals of Venice were perfectly clear.
Gliding through the canals of Venice with my friends while jazz music played was a definite highlight of the trip and is something I’ll always remember! It was such a special moment that we all enjoyed together, and I’m so happy I was able to have that experience!
Thank you for an incredible day Venice, you were beautiful! That’s it for another photo diary of my travels, but I still have a few more in the works from Paris and London! I’ve loved doing these posts (and obviously had a blast experiencing them in real life), so I hope you’ve enjoyed scrolling through my day. If you have, give this post a “like” so I know!
All the love,