After 2 weeks on the road we have made it to Venice and oh my god it’s simply stunning. I had heard so much about this magical place that I was certain it was going to be a let-down but after 3 days here I really don’t want to leave.
This place is so unique; I think that if I travelled around the world for the rest of my life I wouldn’t find anything remotely similar. The canals are so picturesque that it is impossible to take a bad photo! Especially the Grand Canal which snakes through the centre and the Rialto Bridge, it looks like something straight out of a picture book.
The best thing about the city has to be the fact that there are no cars so none of the beeping, cursing and general noise ubiquitous in every other city on earth. All you can hear is the relaxing lapping of water and the soft splash of bunting poles propelling the gondolas forwards. Bliss!
Piazza San Marco, the most famous square in the city, is spell-binding. St Mark’s Basilica, which dominates the eastern side of the square, is so opulent, it simply has to be seen to be believed. Also the Campanile of St Mark’s church, which is the tallest building in Venice, offers absolutely amazing views across the whole island settlement.
Whilst its true that there are a lot of tourists here, I am one of them so who am I to complain? And with a little bit of walking you can escape the masses, as the areas of Cannaregio to the north and Castello to the east are generally free of the mob.
Well, better go for one last walk around as I will miss this place for sure but I will definitely be back one day.
Lots of Love
So we have arrived in Venice but I think there must have been some mistake. I had read that Venice was the most romantic city on Earth, full of wonder and so beautiful that words cannot do it justice. Well, I shall try.
Firstly, it seems as if the skies have opened up and it rained tourists. It’s like being stuck in a lift with a flatulent fat man. There’s no escape and it gets worse with each passing second. Hordes of screaming children, over enthusiastic camera happy-snappy types who think that every shop selling generic crap is a boutique of wonder and most shout about it to every member of their 30 strong tour group. More than once I have considered throwing them, or myself, into one of the dirty smelly canals with a solid base of concrete shoes.
God, I would hate to live here; the place is like Disneyland only without the saving grace that at least Mickey and co are paid to be nice to you. The locals are an unhappy unfriendly lot, unless you are carrying a bulging wallet and have a carefree attitude to how much you will spend on shitty food. Accommodation and transport prices are extortionate and only the super rich, or stupid, can afford to pay 80 € for a 10 minute gondola crawl.
And please don’t talk to me about the beauty of the canals. They stink and when it rains to much, they flood. The only thing more pervasive than the sewage are the pigeons and the pickpockets, oh and ridiculous rules like not being able to sit on the floor in the main square and eat your own food.
In case you haven’t noticed, it’s fair to say I don’t like Venice!
Lots of Love
written by: Jon
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