Venice, Italy

My girlfriend, Kim, emailed me from a train leaving Rome, yesterday.  It made me nostalgic for Italy and reignited the wanderlust that permanently resides within my deepest layers.

So, I figured I’d ‘re-visit’ Venice via photographs taken from my trip to Italy a few years back.  Please feel free to join along.

Venice:

 

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Our hotel:

 

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Venice’s famed canals:

 

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To this day, these are the best clams I have ever been in the presence of.  You can’t find these in the states.  Well, maybe you can find them.  I couldn’t.  If you get your hands on them, please let me know immediately!!  Although, now, years later, I have no clue what they’re called nor do I recall how they were made.  So, good luck with that.

 

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The breathtaking Rialto Bridge:

 

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What would Venice be without gondolas?  Why can’t every city have gondolas?  Wouldn’t Kansas City be better with a few gondolas lying around?

 

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Ok, this drink is ludicrously delicious.  It’s called ‘sgroppino’ and it’s a mix of lemon gelato, simply syrup, prosecco and vodka.  It tastes sugary and citrusy and may be one of the most palatable drinks I have ever imbibed.  It’s not necessarily thick, but it’s definitely rich – so it’s more of a dessert drink than an all-out cocktail.  With heat waves headed our way, you should seriously consider making this your Summer staple.

 

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The glorious Doge’s Palace in famed Piazza San Marco:

 

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We took a short boat ride to Giudecca, located across the Venetian Lagoon.  Some historians claim that Giudecca was so named (a corruption of the Latin term Judaica or ‘The Jewry’) because it was where the Jews were segregated to as their town’s quarters. Many others claim that Jews never even lived on Giudecca and that the island was actually a lush area filled with palaces in gardens.  I dunno – that seems like a big difference to me.  And I also find it hard to believe that Italy isn’t quite sure if this area was occupied by palaces or ghettos.  Thus, with a name like Greenberg, I’m inclined to take sides with my brethren and assume (everybody loves assumptions, yes?) that this was once a land of my peoples.  Either way, the boat ride sure was pretty.

 

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I loved how the Venetian people beautified their living quarters no matter how little space they had.  Everything was covered in plants, every window showed blown glass from nearby Murano (the Venetian island famed for it’s long, rich history of glass making), and every face was covered in a smile.

 

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I’ve often heard travelers poke fun at Venice, calling it the Disney World of Italy.  Which is fine by me because I love Disney more than most five-year-olds.  But, how one could snub Venice is beyond me.  Is it a tourist destination?  For sure.  Is the food as good as other areas of Italy?  Hardly, although if you look you can find some truly stellar seafood dishes that could rival any dish out of Rome.  But go on with the Disney comparisons, because, just like Disney, this town is where dreams come true.

 

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Have you been?

 

  • charcharcool

    I love your travel posts. More, more! The first time I toured Europe, when I was 19, Venice was my favorite place that we went. It’s so magical.