After Vienna, we went to our first destination in Italy - Venice!Venice is super beautiful but very touristy and very expensive.
Even though it is small, it can be difficult to navigate because there are no subways, buses, or trams to take, just water buses which can be hard to figure out.
Honestly, we didn't do too much in Venice other than just walk around and get the most out of our 3-day water bus pass by riding the buses around the see the place. On our first night there we went for a somewhat fancy dinner - we had a four-course meal at a table by a canal, which was lovely.
On our first full day there we went to San Marco Square but didn't go inside the cathedral. Then we took a water bus to the island of Murano, where they make glass. We saw this amazing glass sculpture and walked around but the glass museum we wanted to visit was closed that day so we went back to the main islands of Venice.
We went on a gondola ride. It was quite expensive but we figured we had to do it for the experience. It was worth it and saw lots of cool things, but it wasn't as romantic as you'd think, because it wasn't really private. The canals are very narrow and there are many bridges loaded with tourists (especially in July), who just watch the gondolas go by and sometimes even take pictures of you while you're on your gondola ride.
We saw this cormorant, and this cool sculpture on another island. We think the sculpture was inflatable because it wasn't up at night, only during the day, and we think the man's head is a politician because there was a political rally going on at that island.
Our gondolier told us that Venice is made up of about 180 small islands connected by about 400 bridges.
We ate some gelato both days we were there and on our second night, found a cheaper supper option - we got a huge pizza and 2L of water for 12 euro. It was our supper that night and our lunch the next day.
I really wanted to buy a souvenir, and I got a beautiful ring with Murano glass beads that were the exact color of the water in Venice. Unfortunately, it broke later on our trip and I lost one of the beads. When we got home, I asked my friend who makes jewelry to salvage the remaining beads for me and she made a beautiful pair of earrings and a necklace!
On our last night in Venice, we walked around some more and rode the water bus until it was dark out.
Overall, I liked Venice but I think one day there would have been enough, and we had 2 1/2 days.
I found it a bit smelly, very overcrowded, and very expensive. Many of the people were nice but there were not a lot of options for food. There were expensive 4-course meals or cheap cafe sandwiches (but no vegetarian ones) so for 2 of our 3 nights we spent almost our whole day's food budget just on supper.But it is very beautiful and I am glad I have been there, because it was a place I wanted to see and now I have seen it.
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