I feared that I might have been over-romanticizing the idea of Venice. Yet, if anything, I have been underestimating the beauty of Venice.
The city was full of life when we arrived. There were women dressed up in elaborate dressed and men dressed up like Charlie Chaplin. There were people singing and dancing trying to get a tip.
The architecture was so detailed. It was evident the amount of influence the Renaissance had over Venice. It was hard to decide what to look at first.
We had free time when we first got there. First, we walked around and looked at the vendor stands outside. We saw beautiful Venetian masks and Murano glass.
Then we decided to splurge for some chicken Alfredo from an Italian restaurant. It was the most delicious Alfredo I have ever had.
We found ourselves weaving wondering through Venice, watching as gondolas drifted through the canals.
When we met back with the group, it was time for a whisper sight seeing tour of Venice. We checked out St.Mark’s Square, which was flooded at the time from high tide. Children were running and playing at the rising water in the square. It was a sight to see.
The tour director then led us through the city, crossing over canals, by bridge to get to the hundreds of tiny islands that make up Venice. I saw parts of Venice I would have never ventured to myself. The street were tiny but the atmosphere was lively.
After the tour, a few girls and I decided to take a gondola ride. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Taking the gondola allowed us to see Venice like you would never see on foot. It didn’t hurt that the gondolier let us wear his hat.
After the gondola ride, we stopped for gelato and ate it while overlooking the Grand Canal. Watching the wind wisp the waves, it occurred to me that this was one of the best days of my life. This is one of the best time of my life.
However, it only got better. We had to take a boat to get back to our hotel. The boat was open and we were able to view Venice from the sea and watch as it slowly faded away into the horizon.