the floating city
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I took a flight from London to Venice and was lucky enough to see the white cliffs of dover on the way... another attraction ticked off my list! Arrived in Venice and managed to find my way through the maze of streets and canals to my hostel. Met up with some friends who I had met in Germany for dinner and a wander around. We were rather impressed that we walked around for a few hours without a map and still found our way back to the hostel. This is probably the way to do it, as i met several people who got rather frustrated trying to follow the map in Venice!
The next day we all met up again for some Venice exploring. It's such an interesting place - we saw the ambulance boat, the postie boat, the garbage boat and the police boat while on the island... such a different way of life! Supposedly Venice really should be underwater by now, but they keep pumping out the water to keep it afloat. We also vistid Murano island where they do the glass blowing. It was great to be able to watch some of the interesting vases, lamps and trinkets being made right in front of your eyes. Burano island is where they do the lace making and it was such a beautiful island to visit with its colourful houses and pretty canals.
On our final day we took the train to visit Verona, the home of Romeo and Juliet. You are able to visit Juliet's house and balcony, which i say rather loosely as she is a fictional character! There are two white walls on either side of the entrance into the courtyard which are absolutely covered with love notes. It was great to see the effort that some people went to - standing on someone's shoulders to write on a gap high on the wall.. aah, love! Verona also has its own mini Colleseum, which is better preserved and quite spectacular. There's also a river running through the town, and most importantly, great gelati! After spending a couple of hours roaming around, we made our way back to Venice for a final night of drinks and yummy Italian pasta.