Christian and I flew to Venice for the weekend. We arrived Friday evening and took a shared water taxi from the airport to the city center. I was amazed by my first views of the city, especially seeing it from a boat at night. Venice looked magical with the buildings lit up, people strolling around or eating outside and us racing through the narrow canals in our boat.
The following day, we started out our exploration of the city heading to the Piazza San Marco. We saw St. Mark’s Basilica but already the line to get into the church was way too long, so we didn’t go inside. Campanile di San Marco, the bell tower of St. Mark’s Basilica is one of the most recognizable buildings in Venice.
To escape the largest crowds, we took one of the water buses to the island of Murano, which is known for their glass making. We had lunch there and looked into some of the glass shops. We found some pretty vases and chandeliers but they were a bit too expensive for us.
We spent the afternoon walking through the narrow streets back to our hotel, looking at all the distinct buildings and enjoying the warm weather. Christian had to consult the map often or we would have ended up in a dead-end. Most of the buildings looked like they were falling apart, seeing all the crumbling brick but even those that looked so worn had flowers or bright colored paint to make it look cheery and inviting.
Sunday, was another morning spent walking through different parts of the city. It was really hot and almost unbearable to be just walking around. We constantly searched for shade and we ended up spending most of our time at the beach (more about that in another post) that afternoon.
In those two short days, we ate really well! Food Count: 3 X Gelato, 2 X Tiramisu, 2 X Spaghetti, 1 X Ravioli, 1 X Gnocchi…plus fish, sandwiches & plain bread…too much to count!
The last couple of hours in the city before our flight back to Düsseldorf, we took a long water bus ride from one side of the island to the other. It was a relaxing way to see all the sights from the water. It was sad to have to head to the airport after such a wonderful weekend. I guess you always feel like that after a vacation, no matter how short!
The famous Rialto Bridge.