We have just left Venice and are on our way to Florence. I have mixed feelings about leaving Venice. It is such an amazing city and I was having such a good time there, but I am also very excited about going to Florence.
Venice was so much fun. After checking into our amazing hotel, we caught a water bus to Piazza San Marco. We did a lot of the touristy things there. Saw the bell tower, the Duomo, the piazza, and wandered along the canal. It was so pretty and magical. There were many times I had to remind myself that this was indeed real. Very real. Darin and I were talking about trying to capture the feeling of being there, and how many gifted artists had tried before. All of us failing because you just cannot express, video, or photograph the way it looks, smells and feels. It was amazing.
I was reading a tourism book while on our way to Venice and the author said not to be worried about finding your directions in Venice and allow yourself to get lost. We did just that. Once you get a few streets off the main roads you really begin to see how amazing Venice really is. The streets begin to narrow. Some are so small you could maybe have two people standing shoulder to shoulder. This was fun. We would come across main streets and we would follow them for a while, but they usually faded back into small narrow streets after a few hundred feet. It was like a giant maze and we had so much fun wandering around and come across some random church, piazza, or bell tower. Once night falls on Venice the streets became deserted. This was an odd experience after being jammed all together not long before in Piazza San Marco.