Venice For the Second Time
So yeah… this is might turn into a gelato heavy post… We are in Venice, Italy, the weather is gorgeous, despite this being February, so there was simply no way we wouldn’t treat ourselves to a cone or two. No way. Also, cones forever, never cups. Just sayin.
If you have ever been (lost) in Venice once, you have to go again. The city with its canals and narrow streets – they all magically came together and suddenly I was in the middle of this meandering maze on I don’t know which side street and yet I wasn’t lost lost. Not like that first time where I felt like a… fish out of that canal water (even though we had a guide!). This second time we were on our own and experienced this… fun kind of being lost feeling (we all secretly or not at all secretly hope for), where I knew how to get to where I wanted to end up and just had a general sense of direction while still enjoying the surprise bridges and charming canals that are literally leaping at you at each turn. Long sentence, short – Venice, I figured you out. Bam.
I think going up Campanile (and just how awesome that this hundreds of years old bell tower has a lift to the top!) and seeing the city from above went a long way in getting a sense of how all is laid out. Though, where are the canals? Crazy but you cannot see not one from that high above. Still, what a view! Also, something our ears were not that pleased about but made for a great memory – we were up just right on the hour, so yeah, when all the bells ring. Pretty loudly.
We spotted Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo (helped that I already kept an eye out for it) from the tower first, and as (since the Doppelwendeltreppe in Graz) I have a thing for spiral staircases, once back on the ground we made our way there next. Such an interesting looking not-so-small hidden gem. Loved it.
We also went back to Libreria Acqua Alta (had a much easier time finding it this time), ate more gelato (Orient Express gelato from Suso Gelatoteca – highly recommended!) and another must in Italy – pizza. Yum.
Then there was THAT sunset. (Stay tuned for a whole post full with photos of the most spectacular sunset I’ve ever seen. Ever.)