I think I am content with saying that Venice was one of my favorite legs of this journey. I value human connection, so it goes without saying that the people I encountered made it all the better, but beyond that, it is simply just a picturesque place.
My host, Mama Vera, was the best I had during my time abroad. She truly earned the title of Mama, because she treated me with such love and kindness that only a mother can exude. Upon the arrival to her cozy apartment, I was greeted with a big hug, a cold glass of water and an hour long conversation of getting to know her, her story and her city. During my three day stay, we had countless conversations about everything ranging from relationships to family and dare I say his name, Trump. Meeting Mama Vera was truly a blessing and I look forward to visiting Venice again so that we can reunite.
My buddy on the flight to Venice. Isn’t he ADORBS?!?
View from my window in Venice
Mama Vera 🙂
My visits into the actual island of Venice is where I truly fell in love. There are no words to describe this beautiful city filled with ancient canals and smiling faces. My first day into Venice, I had no plan whatsoever. I decided to just go into the city and get lost within it. That’s exactly what I did, and it was amazing. There’s something about not knowing what lies ahead that thrills me, sometimes. In this case, I had a feeling it would be all good, and it was.
Thickest pizza I’ve ever seen
St. Peter’s Basilica
Best Calamari Ever
My Gondola Rider
On my second day, I took a 5 hour boat tour to the neighboring islands of Murano, Torcello, and Burano. At our arrival in Murano, we were able to observe a glass sculpture making demonstration. Watch the video below to see the awesomeness in action:
Murano has specialized in fancy glasswear for centuries and is one of the best places in the world to obtain it from and this is why:
**Disclaimer** We weren’t allowed to take photos, so I had to err on the side of sneakiness when taking these. Kindly excuse the poor quality 😉
Torcello and Burano were great to visit as well. What was particularly interesting about Burano was that many people, and by people I mean tourists, come in there to parade around and take pictures, buy things, etc., but they still have a sense of normalcy. Little kids were out playing in small alleyways, men were sitting outside their homes smoking and cracking jokes, women were hanging up clothes outside on the line. It just still felt really homey and authentic.
Leave it to me to find your neighborhood cat
All in all, I had a great time in Venice and I am sure that my belly would say the same. If you get a chance to visit there, I’d highly recommend it. Too beautiful to put into words.
Sidenote: I’ve gotten a bit more in tune with the tech-y side of me, so I’ve learned how to embed videos. Check out below for a few more hightlights