If the rumours are true, Venice will be completely underwater in our lifetime. What a sad sad thought to lose something so unique & beautiful…
We visited Venice with visions of a Disneyland-like cliché, but we discovered something completely different! A city existing, in many ways, as it had hundreds and hundreds of years ago. Genuine Venetians. Proud local cuisine. Quiet laneways. Secret places along the water.
The floating city is built upon foundations, resting upon evenly spaced wooden piles, set within the softer layer of sand & mud, just above the layer of hard compressed clay. It is truly one of the most beautiful places we have ever had the privilege to explore.
Everything you would find in a normal city exists in Venice, except cars (which is a nice difference): schools, hospitals, water taxis, water buses, water ambulances, water police, even water ice cream vans…
Our two nights went by too fast!
We explored Murano, the island renowned for glass blowing. We showed some interest in a vase, which we later found out was priced at 3,500 Euro. Our interest, however, led us to a private glass blowing exhibition, with our own guide and a Murano Glass Maestro. Beats lining up with the crowds to pay for the Glass Factory around the corner!
On our way back to the mainland, we stopped at Isola di San Michele – originally a prison island, now Venice’s cemetery. In the 1800’s Napoleon ordered the Venetians to start transporting their beloved dead across the waters, and it is on this picturesque (& slightly creepy) island that they now rest in peace.
We enjoyed a Gondola ride through the small canals, asking our ‘driver’ to steer clear of the bright & bustling Grand Canal. We floated under small bridges, past Casanova’s home (“Now a school, but not a school for lovers“, our cheeky Gondolier proclaimed), and we splashed along past Marco Polo’s original residence.
(Fish out of water?)
A secret wharf was our favourite find, a wrong turn down a dark alleyway. The Grand canal splashed at our feet, the sun was warm on our shoulders, and not another soul near us. Bliss.
To anyone who has not been to Venice, and who has the opportunity – andiamo! The memories, like gondolas, will forever float through your dreams…
Love to you all,