For those that have been to Venice I am sure there was a familiar nod to the title of this post. Venice is many things: beautiful, enchanting, mesmerizing…
It is also a labyrinth.
People talk about getting lost in the beauty of a city, in Venice most of the time you are literally lost. It is a maze of endless bridges and buildings and inevitably you could wander for hours never having any clue where you are on a map. But there are also incredible panoramic views of Venice.
Fortunately for me I was with Pete and Dalene from Hecktic Travels who had map responsibilities, and also arguing over who was reading the map wrong responsibilities. We were on our own self guided Venice food tour and finding spots was difficult at times.
Sometimes I love traveling with couples.
Venice is the kind of pretty that you want to fawn over it with that someone special….I don’t really have that but the Hecks are pretty special.
But Venice can also be dizzying and overwhelmingly claustrophobic. That is until you get to Piazza San Marco. In such a crowded city the vast expanse is amazing – although it could do with a few less pigeons but couldn’t every European city?
I had skipped Venice five years ago because it was flooded and I heard it was expensive. Wow was that a mistake.
Don’t skip Venice and don’t skimp on time in Venice. I was only there for two night but I wish I could have stayed longer. Perhaps next time.
In two days you can only wander the streets, getting distracted by gondola drivers in their cute striped shirts, but I think there is so much more to this city. So much more I didn’t get to see. Kate has a great post about how to spend 5 days in Venice. I’d love to go back and see more.
Oh and if you are wondering about the gondola ride, no I didn’t take one. I may be learning to love the touristy side of places but I’m no sucker for a $80 fancy canoe ride.
If you’re planning a trip check out Corinne’s Venice photography tips to get the best shots, it really is a beautiful city.