September 8th, 2009 – by: lamadude
You can never have enough pictures of Gondola's
I know it has been a while since I updated this blog but life has been pretty hectic lately. Anyway off to Venice
I took the train from Milan
to Venice, stopping along the way in Verona
for a couple of hours, which is an amazing city as well, wished I had some more time there, but I can always go back. At the end of the trip the train appears to drive straight over the water to the main island of Venice. (It's driving over a very small strip of land that connects Venice with "Venice Mestre" on the Italian mainland.
I've decided that I wanted to write something about my first impression for every Italian city I've visited.
My venetian sunglasses!
Venice had the best first impression of all the cities I've seen. You step out of the train and out of the train station and immediately you see VENICE, the Canale Grande (which is by far the biggest canal in the city, it makes a huge S shape through the entire city and there are only 3 bridges that connect both parts, which are all three very crowded obviously) , The gondolas, the smaller canals, the architecture, the insane traffic on the different canals, it was overwhelmingly beautiful. For some reason I constantly felt like I was in a James Bond film, the city plays a major role in more than one of those films. The weather was gorgious as well, which made me want to jump into the canals, it looked so inviting.
Venice is a maze, I have no other word for it, if you don't bring a map, you'll get lost, actually even most people that do bring a map get lost as well.
There is not a single big street in venice (the biggest "street" is the canale grande) it is simply a collection of tiny streets and alleyways that twist and turn and suddenly stop at a canal with no way to get to the other side. It's a great place to get lost in though, since it is an island (or more accurately a series of hundreds of islands) you can't never drift too far away, and the whole city is beautiful so there's nothing to lose by just randomly walking around. Luckily the Venetians have understood that their city is so complex and they've put signs on every street corner, such as "per San Marco" or "per Rialto" which points the way to the main sights. I didn't need that though, since thanks to Travbuddy Yasuyo
brought me into contact with Samuel
, and he showed me his home town. (and even he got lost sometimes, just to show that non-venetians really don't stand a chance.) I also met some of his friends for a typically Venetian drink in a less touristy part of the island, I can't remember the name, but it looked slightly fluorescent and was very tasty. So thanks Samuel!
I could write pages about all the beautiful places in Venice but I think I'll just let the pictures I took do the talking, I was a little afraid that the city would be too touristy and "fake" but it isn't it absolutely exceeded my expectations, and I think if you have the chance, this is definitely a city you should visit one day.