Updated: Jul 6, 2018
Venice. Here I belong. Standing by the canal. Admiring. I am speechless. Walking over the bridge. I hear the gondola songs. I marvel at your colorful houses and your ancient bricks. I see your beautiful carnival face. I see the face behind. You are so much more! I am at Piazza under the starry night. Moon covered by the darkest clouds. Cold breeze brushing my face. Love is around and hopes you give. Romanticizing my own.
I will carry you wherever I go! All the time...
A solo trip to Venice, a city of my dreams on my 30th Birthday - yes I went alone to the most romantic city of the world and yes I enjoyed it as much as anyone else could have. Hopped on from one ferry to another, walked around the city eating pizza, and enjoyed the gondola ride with a glass of rose wine. I did it all! And I fell in love with the place.
Every part of Venice has been explored, described, photographed and painted millions of times, and even though having read and seen in pictures, the experience of being there can never be put in words or photographs.
I got lost on the streets and alleys of Venice don't know how many times, but every time made new discoveries without maps and plans.
“ This was Venice, the flattering and suspect beauty – this city, half fairy tale and half tourist trap, in whose insalubrious air the arts once rankly and voluptuously blossomed, where composers have been inspired to lulling tones of somniferous eroticism." - Thomas Mann
I planned a free guided tour around the city with La Bussola Free Tours which is one of the best ways to explore Venice and it's gems by foot. At San Giorgio dei Greci church, I was capturing memories and was in awe of the beauty of the place that I forgot I was with a group and lost time. I was left behind. But nothing could bring me down on that splendid day.
I walked around on my own for some time watching cheerful and ecstatic faces of people in love with the city like me and later visited the Fortuny museum and that was one of my best decision.
Once owned by the Pesaro family, this Gothic building in Campo San Beneto, near the church of the same name, was transformed by Mariano Fortuny into his own photography, stage-design, textile-design and painting atelier.
Watch out for my coming blog on Fortuny Museum in detail.
There were so many things to do and I had no time, I wished to visit every island, try every dish (well what was available for vegetarians, or else there is always an option of wine!).
Rest of the day was spent on the streets looking at the handmade carnival masks of all designs you can imagine, unique glassware, fashion stores, pizzerias and wine shops.
Strolling down the streets I turned up at the grand Basilica, St Mark's Square, the heart of the city with bright lights, architecture, shops and so much more. I don't remember how much time I just stood in front of the Basilica, maybe 3 - 4 hours. I only returned back to my room after midnight, with that one last stop at the ice cream shop - pistachio. LOVE
Venice at night is nothing but straight out of a fairy tale movie, the soft sounds of canals, intoxicating smell of wine, and romance in the air. You can see few tourists like me walking around the street at midnight, enjoying and soaking everything they could.
For the next day, I took a whole day pass for water taxi 'Vaporetto', starting my ride to Burano, which took around 45 - 50 minutes to reach with beautiful views on the way.
The picture illustrates how colorful, beautiful and exciting this place is.
Tre Ponti is the wooden bridge which connects the streets of Burano and is the best place to take photographs.
One can also see ladies sittings outside their homes under the sun creating Burano needle lace which is as pretty as the place itself and quite famous too, or can also check the Burano lace museum where one can find artisans making delicate laces.
I couldn't resist myself from buying few artworks, bought one beautiful mask from here, from a small shop on sale... yayiiee.. check out the signs "Saldi” and one can find pretty Murano glass jewelry and other unique products at a reasonable price compared to the one in the city.
Murano is known for its glass making. One can visit the factory and see the beautiful pieces getting made. It was a perfect day trip.
The quote says a lot how I feel about the city...
“ If I could live in one city and do every single thing I do there, I would choose Venice. You can't turn your head without seeing something amazing.”― Nile Rodger