Honeymoon: Venice

Hi friends! I recapped the first two parts of our honeymoon here and here and am excited to share with you the third, and best, part of our adventure: Venice.

After another relaxing train ride, we arrived in Venice with three days of excitement left. Repeating our gusto from the previous two cities, we hit the ground (or this time, canal) running. Venice was like a dream. Have I already used that expression? Okay, Venice was not like a dream; Venice WAS a dream. We fell in love with the city's vibrant colors, warm energy, and unique charm. Each building seemed a work of art, reflecting its beauty in the canal below. The scenery was magical at first sight, evoking the feeling of entering a real-life fairy tale. I kept telling Zach, "I feel like we are on the It's a Small World ride at Disneyland"! Let us tell you first hand, it is easy to get lost in a city of more than one hundred islands united by over four hundred bridges and waterways. It's well worth the many detours though; Venice is an artistic and architectural masterpiece filled with palaces from the Renaissance and the Gothic and Byzantine periods. During our stay, we visited the Piazza San Marco, Rialto Bridge, Basilica of San Marco, and cruised around the Grand Canal by water taxi. I think Arthur Symons got it right when he said, "A realist, in Venice, would become a romantic by mere faithfulness to what he saw before him."
arriving in the magical city of Venezia

gelato all day, every day my friends
view of the Grand Canal
walked the soles off our shoes...literally.
my little map boy
Zach thought the doorbells looked like faces...

Thanks for sticking with this lengthy post! Have you ever been to Italy? If so, what was your favorite of the places you visited?