When I was planning my trip to Venice, I told myself that I would go to Rome for a day. However, as I did more research, it didn't seem like the wisest or best use of my time. Spending 6-8 hours of the day traveling (an hour boat ride to airport, to catch a 3 and a half hour train to Rome) would have left very little time to explore the city. And let's be honest, less than a day would not do Rome justice. Now I just have a reason to return to Italy in the future: to see Rome and other cities that are waiting to be experienced!
Instead, I decided that I was going to get lost on the island with the hopes of discovering new places. So for the first few hours of the day, my map did not come out of my purse, nor did I ask for directions. Instead, I just wandered around taking in the scenery, enjoying the cool air, and discovering hidden gems along the way.
Since it was daytime, the idea of getting lost wasn't concerning. If it had been past dusk, I would not have been so bold. During my walk, I discovered a lot of hidden paths. I found walkways so tiny I had to walk sideways when others passed by. I found paths that led to dead ends, and other paths with steps leading straight into the water (weird). As I was continuing along, I met a couple dressed in costume, and I couldn't resist taking a picture with them. I also discovered a bakery that had 'pain au chocolat' commonly known as chocolate bread or chocolatine. It was the perfect combination of flakiness on the outside and chocolatey softness on the inside. If you haven't noticed by now, I'm am a complete foodie with a BIG sweet tooth! Next, I discovered Venice's very own lock bridge. Nowhere near as massive as the other lock bridges around the world, but it was cute in its own way! Another bakery that I came across had macaroons! (Ever since my best friend in Montreal introduced me to macaroons the summer going into my senior year, I have been hooked!) They had virtually every flavor you could think of except my favorite, salted caramel. I decided to try their chocolate, vanilla and white chocolate macaroon (it was blue with sprinkles) all of which were delicious.
After hours of enjoying my journey, discovering new places and eating tasty treats I stumbled upon a free glass and light exhibit. On the first floor there were a series of sculptures, so being the big kid that I am, I took a picture with them before heading up to the exhibit. The best word that I could use to describe the exhibit is interesting. There were glass objects and artifacts that were designed in the most unusual way to show how glass and light interacted. As a result, most of the rooms were dark. In one room however, there was this object on display that consisted of glowing colors, glass objects as well as other random materials. I took a picture, but of course my picture does not do it any justice. There was also a large room where the walls were covered from floor to ceiling in books. I love to read, but my sister is the definition of a book-worm, so I took this picture knowing she would appreciate it.
Up next was l'Accademia museum that I had originally attempted to visit my first day in Venice, followed by the Ca'Rezzonico museum. I don't know what it is about me, but I could spend hours roaming museum after museum, just admiring the art. Sometimes, I look and appreciate a piece for what it is, art and other times I like to imagine what inspired the artist to create a piece in that particular way. Usually, I'm just blown away by the magnitude and intracateness of a piece of work. I also spent a lot of time looking up admiring the ceilings. I honestly believe that they are often times the most extraordinary part of a building.
For dinner, I found a restaurant that was around the corner from my hotel. The restaurant itself was small, so I had to share a table with two strangers. I bet you can guess where these two ladies were from... that's right France! They were really kind and friendly, considering I was crashing in at their table. I was able to put my French minor to use yet again, and engage in light conversation. The ladies told me how they went to all the museums at Piazza San Marco, and specifically raved about Palazzo Ducale, and the view from the top of the bell tower. They expressed how they were planning to go to the islands, and I shared all the fun I had and what boat numbers they would need to catch to get to each island. To top it all off my dinner was scrumptious!
In all, it was another wonderful and adventurous day in Venice, I can't believe I only have one day left! The time is passing by way too fast!
Thanks for stopping by and God bless!