This meal was delicious - the pasta was cooked perfectly al dente and the seafood was fantastic. Best part of the meal though, was when our waiter brought us small shot glasses of bootlegged homemade limoncello to finish off our meal!
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Who said only the French can make pastries?
After missing my flight home (the perils of stand-by), I was facing an unexpected day trapped in Venice. This would have been fabulous if I’d had more than 7 euros to my name and the entire city’s hotels weren’t booked up due to a local holiday.
I was carrying 200lbs of luggage in the pouring molten gold that is Venice’s May sunlight, going from door to door, asking for any room to at least store my luggage. Finally, I broke down and cried after being turned away for the 20th time.
Stranded and poverty-stricken, the hotel manager took pity on me and led me to a janitor’s closet in the corner. It was fitted with a cot and a sink and had a lock on the door. A home for the night.
All my money spent, I sat on the steps of the Rialto Bridge that evening watching the lights reflecting in the water and the gondolas gliding by.
An Italian family joined me and we chatted all night. They had two children, ages 8 and 10, who practiced their English on me. I practiced my Italian with them. They shared their pizza with me, and I shared my last water bottle full of Pinto Nero with them.
I went to bed that night in the janitor’s closet, happier and more in tune with the true Italian nature than I’d been in my entire three months of study.
As soon as we arrived in Venice, we quickly realized that the best thing to do was throw away our map and just wander, and that's exactly what we did. We loved that as we wound through the city's labyrinthian streets we never knew what we'd find around the next corner. We spent an entire day exploring every nook and cranny of Venice, and I was blown away by how much beauty the city's most mundane objects had. Magical Venice is a must-see on any trip to Italy!
At one point I noticed this woman taking in the view from her upstairs apartment. I had to wonder how long she had lived in this beautiful city and all the things she had seen from this window during her lifetime. My husband and I spent an entire day exploring every last corner of labyrinthian Venice, and I was in awe of just how much beauty the city's most mundane objects had. Venice is a must-see on any trip to Italy!
Masks, of course, could be seen and bought any time of the year in the many shops.
That's what I did in Venice a few summers ago and I saw this mirror built into the wall. It has the illusion of a window and gave me yet another gorgeous view of Venice.
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Take a look at the basilica as well, which melds Romanesque and Byzantine influences. In fact, the four horses atop its façade were literally pillaged from Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, in one of the darker episodes in the history of Venice.
Much of the magic of Venice is the joy of simply getting lost wandering its labyrinth of canals and alleys. So start walking in any direction from the square—you’re in no danger of getting too lost as you’ll dead end at the lagoon before you get too far.
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