venice

Venice is unlike any city you will ever visit. Twice during our month in Italy, we took the train to this great city. Our adopted home was a small town named Bavaria slightly north-west of Venice –  it was only a 10 minute drive plus 45 minute train to take us directly to Station St Lucia in Venice. The train station is connected to the mainland by a long causeway, its an exciting preview as you slowly approach the city. We planned ahead and sat on the left side window of the train. Once you step off the train and exit the station it feels like you’ve stepped into a new world. Its a magnificent introduction; a massive archway bridge and canal are only a few steps away. The port is busy with boats of all types going in all directions. It just kind of leaves you speechless.

We decided to skip the busy passenger ferries and walk towards the main square of St Marks, the center of the great city. It was exciting to get lost along the tiny foot-paths that weave their way through the city. It was a concrete maze. It really made you feel like you were exploring. Many times during our trips through the city, we got lost. But then every so often you will see an arrow painted high on the wall directing you to “St. Marks” or “Sta Lucia”, the only way you knew you were still on the right path. The city is made up of 118 islands, and most of which are connected by the hundreds of bridges and canals that define the city.

As you reach St Marks, you are quickly surrounded by thousands of tourists. The day we first visited a cruise ship had just dropped off a literal boat-load of people. But its worth it to push through the madness. A visit to the main square of St Marks really makes you appreciate the power and wealth collected during their power. The city thrived in maritime trade and was prominent during the Italian Renaissance. The waterways teem with life, carrying police and ambulances, passengers as well as all local deliveries. One of my favourite moments was watching boxes thrown from a cargo boat over to the shore.

The city is built inside the Venice Lagoon, between the rivers Piave and Po. There are several major islands that make up the main parts of the city. The views from the bell tower of the basilica on San Giorgio Maggiore Island was without a doubt, one of the best views i have ever seen. We also explored the islands of Murano (known for glass blowing) and Burano (known for textiles and colourfully decorated building). There are just so many things to see and do, that you quickly run out of time. The city is just a place that can’t be missed.

Im already counting down that days until I go back.

Venice from Above. 2015.

Venice. 2015.

San Giorgio Maggiore Island. 2015.

Bridge. 2015.

Venice. 2015.

Burano. 2015.

Burano. 2015.

Burano. 2015.

Venice Deliveries. 2015.

Burano. 2015.

Cemetery Island with Venice in the background. 2015.

Burano. 2015.

Venice Rooftops. 2015.

Murano. 2015.

Murano. 2015.

Venice. 2015.

Venice. 2015.

Venice. 2015.

Venice. 2015.

Venice. 2015.

Venice. 2015.

Murano. 2015.

Murano. 2015.