The Sinking City

Trip Start Aug 25, 2012
Trip End Jan 04, 2013

Flag of Italy  , Veneto,
Thursday, October 11, 2012

Venice. A magical city on water. Map not necessary. However, an umbrella is a necessity. 
My 3 friends and I traveled to Venice for the weekend. After realizing that I didn't actually know where the hostel was, we decided to buy a map, which was a waste of money in my opinion. We had passed the hostel perhaps 3 times and felt extremely embarrassed when asking a local waiter if he knew where our hostel was and having him point to 20 feet in front of our face. Whoops. It's all apart of the adventure right? 
After realizing that maps are somewhat useless in Venice, we let the graffiti and make-shift signs point us in the direction of wherever we wanted to go. 
The island of Venice is actually a bunch of small cities joined together by bridges. Cool right? I thought so. 
I think my favorite part of the trip was the Gondola right. How could one go to Venice and not go on a gondola? I mean really. It's the most iconic thing one could hope to do :) Our gondolier didn't sing for us though :/ We asked every gondolier we found if they would sing for us and they all said that that was just in the movies and in real life they don't sing for you. However, you could hire a band/musical group of some sort to come on the gondola with you if you wanted music- umm, where would they fit? I was on there with 3 other people + the gondolier and that was MORE than enough. 
My second favorite thing about the trip would have to be the flooding of St. Marks Square. Luckily, it happened to turn into a sunny day and so it was refreshing to wade through the ankle deep water barefoot. I could have done it all day. Sadly, after maybe an hour or so, the water receded and we were once again able to walk around with shoes. :( It would have been interesting to have been there recently when the flooding caused the water to be waist deep. Polar bear swimming anyone? 
Glass blowing was an interesting sight to see. The way they make the glass is actually really cool. (*Once I figure out how to get my movies off my complicated camera, I'll upload the video on here*)
I also bought an authentic Venetian mask that is absolutely fabulous. My only wish is that Carnivale would have to going on when I was there so that I could have worn it all the time :)
They weren't lying when they said Venice was expensive. Everything is priced higher, but if you are willing to search a bit, you can find some places that are DECENTLY priced. No promises though. It depends on your determination/ threshold to quit. 
I was sad to leave to be perfectly honest, it was such a beautiful city. It's so different from cities like Florence and Rome. Rome has the iconic ruins and Venice is just covered in beautiful architecture and class. :)
I will return one day for sure. 
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