Alphabet of Travel Snaps: V for…

Alphabet of Travel Snaps: V for…

No, not vendetta. Or Vienetta, but VENICE!

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I told you I might start this as a series and I was inspired to share my Venetian adventures after reading Minaxi’s post about her time there!

It could have easily been ‘E is for Europe‘ as our trip to this timeless area, a couple of years ago, kicked off our whirlwind ‘city breaks’ journey, which also took in the sights of Rome and Paris.

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Although it was Sam’s first time, I’d already visited Venice a few years previously, on a day excursion, sailing in from Rimini further along the coast. I was immediately smitten, as so many people are – what is it that captivates the hearts and imaginations of travellers?

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For me, without sounding clichΓ© (okay, a little clichΓ©…) I just found the culture, canals and history magical – the architecture was beautiful, yet in that ancient, almost decaying way that it has. Venice is undeniably romantic and seductive but there is also something mysterious about it. Wandering around tiny alleyways and hidden corners, I could definitely picture myself back in time, channeling my inner Assassins’ Creed!

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Although the touristy areas become swamped, the main sights such as St. Mark’s square, the Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge are still worth fighting the crowds for. However, staying in Venice allows you to experience the quieter side – we only found it busy between about 11am and 3pm, when most of the cruise ships bring in their hordes.

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This is when we’d skip off (well, that was maybe just me!) to the back alleys, aimlessly strolling about, grabbing some strawberries to snack on by the canal, seeing what we could discover around the corner and perhaps picking up a few geocaches along the way! In general, we’d pass only a couple of people an hour.

Italy is the one country I’ve been (so far) that I would feel at ease moving to, with Venice remaining, hands down, my favourite city of all time. Perhaps it’s the allure of the water and its dark corners for doing…dark deeds! Or maybe it’s simply because I have a thing for masks…


Image Credits: All my own, so please be sweet and ask before sharing! πŸ™‚

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32 thoughts on “Alphabet of Travel Snaps: V for…

  1. Ooh, more pics of Venice. Woow ❀ Me likey it ❀ Loved the photos and glad you got inspired from my ramblings πŸ˜€ I have a thing for their masks too πŸ˜‰ And as soon as I saw the souvenir shops I could not resist buying one and posing with it as you saw in my post πŸ˜›

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    1. Thank you! Maybe you could incorporate a sneaky visit – we did Venice, Rome and Paris in 9 days so you could perhaps hop on a flight for an overnight adventure!

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  2. Gorgeous pictures! My daughter is heading there in June as part of a tour of Italy, Germany and Switzerland. She is so excited after looking at your pictures and reading your blog. Thank you for sharing this!

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    1. Hello stranger! I’ve not seen you about the blogosphere for a while, hope you’re well. And thank you – it’s hard to take a bad photo in Venice.
      I would not have been happy about being left at home! I hope you get to go, it really is as lovely as it looks. πŸ™‚

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      1. Hello! I know. I know! *hangs head in shame* I’ve been a right hermit recently. Winter has that effect on me. Fortunately, the sun has finally made an appearance, so I’ll be making my comeback really soon… Like…today!!!

        I’m going to make sure he takes me next time… By hiding in his suitcase! 😜

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      2. Well, good to see you back. The weather is, admittedly, being very rude for Spring! The suitcase hiding sounds like a plan, although I think he should be whisking you off in style, not in the hand luggage!

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    1. Haha, you know, so many people warned me before going about the awful smell – especially as it was the middle of August – but I can honestly say there was nothing untoward. And I consider myself to be an expert sniffer!

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  3. When I went to Venice, it rained the whole time. I loved it, but I think I would have loved and enjoyed it far more had there been a speck of sunshine! But I loved Florence… that was by far my favorite place in Italy. I wrote a post about it some time ago… I would love to go back there…

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    1. Oh no! That’s how I feel about Bruges – it was so cold but we’ve vowed to go back. Now Florence is somewhere I’ve not been yet but it’s on my list, along with Pisa – I’ve heard great things about it from friends who’ve been. I’ll have to read your post!

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    1. Thank you! Sam’s not a huge fan of the masks either but I would have happily dressed up in them all day 😊 I don’t think I’ve met anyone who doesn’t like Venice – it must cast a spell!

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