Trip Start Sep 13, 2005
Trip End Oct 15, 2006

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Sunday, October 9, 2005

Maybe it's the sparkling Venetian glass or perhaps it's the winding streets that get you so turned around that you have no clue as to what direction you're heading in, but Venice is enchanting. The mysterious masks that appear in all the souvenir stores, the romance of a bygone era of handmade leather journals and glass pens waiting to be held and have your inner thoughts flow through them can take hold of you. Maps go out the window and you just meander around the narrow streets, crossing over the numerous canals that circulate throughout the city. You happen upon little surprises like a former church playing classical music to entice you inside to view a free exhibit on the making of violins. Unfortunately, despite all the wonders the city holds, I can't deny that it's very touristy. My objections however are muted by the delicious gelato that seduces you at every corner and the cliche but none the less amusing Italian singers who serenade couples in gondolas.

A great place to visit in its own right, with the added bonus of fewer tourists is the nearby island of Burano. Brightly painted houses remind me of Van Gogh paintings while the sun, sky and relaxed feel of the island make me think of life in the Mediterranian or Carribean.
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