Venice is an easy trip from Florence. We took the 8:55 fast train and arrived in Venice two hours later. The day we went there were wisps of mist floating just above the waters and I thought to myself, “I can understand why so many books are inspired by and written in this magical setting.”
We got off of the train and followed the yellow arrows through the beautiful and tiny canals to Saint Mark’s Square. The yellow arrowed path along the way is quite beautiful. It is full of silent canals with tiny arched bridges that connect one villa and tiny garden to another. We watched the gondolas silently glide their way through the maze of water roads along with tiny boats that are used for daily transportation.
We didn’t forget to look up at the incredible ancient architecture that seems to be tumbling down all around. We checked out the cantilevered chimneys and wondered if they would have kept the families warm in the winters and marveled at the gorgeous balconies that are filled with colorful pots of geraniums and herbs. We noticed ropes of garlic hanging in the tiny kitchen windows along with the white lace curtains that wave in the breeze. The shops are full of bright blown glass of all shapes and sizes and masks that are of every color and theme imaginable.
The tide came up into the sides of St. Mark’s Square, but certainly did not warrant gum boots. Everyone made their way around the high tide and it receded quickly. We splurged on a glass of wonderful, rich red wine on the square and listened to the classical quartet for at least an hour. Yes, it was expensive, but how often does one have the opportunity to savor wonderful wine and music in such a unique setting?
With its beautiful palaces and cathedrals, Venice should not be missed. It is one of the most interesting cities in the world. Stay for a day or stay for a week, but go if you have the chance!
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