My Journey to Venice

Avery Collet

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Venice Day 1:

After a long eight hour flight, our airplane landed at an airport in Venice. We had to go through security twice before figuring our way out of the airport. Eventually, we came across two long lines and realized we had to get tickets to take a water taxi to our hotel. The ride was about 20 minutes and the taxi was relatively small so I could feel every movement of the boat bumping across the water. The ride was so bumpy that I could feel the vibrations on the windows and on my seat, which isn’t exactly ideal for someone who has motion sickness. I tried to distract myself by looking at the beautiful views. There were so many beautiful bridges, which all connected to a different part of the island.

Once we finally got off our taxi and grabbed our suitcases, we went on a hunt to find our hotel. We had to ask three different people before someone finally pointed us in the right direction. We got to our hotel, which seemed more like an apartment. It was small, however, it was cute. Right outside my window, I could see the path where the gondola rides were.

We dropped our bags off at the hotel, got ourselves refreshed, and went back out to see what was around our hotel. Right outside our hotel, there were streets lined with shops and restaurants. The whole island was pretty much like that. We ate dinner at a restaurant that was closest to our hotel, I got a spicy penne pasta and it was amazing. We stayed out until we could not possibly stand it anymore, just taking in all the beautiful views that we could.

St Mark’s Basilica

Venice Day 2:

We were woken up to loud, but beautiful sounding, church bells this morning. The sky was clear and sunny and it was in the 70s. We wanted to explore more today and we ended up at Saint Mark’s Basilica. We were allowed inside, but we could only take pictures inside of the entrance. The architecture was absolutely beautiful. I looked up and saw beautiful marble pillars as well as shiny gold on the ceiling. There was a Sunday mass going on at the time we went, so we got to see a little of that and we got to hear some beautiful singing. There was a pace once you reached the top that overlooked the square, and you could see all the people that were waiting to get into the Basilica, as well as the tops of some of the other buildings that surrounded the square. The view was amazing.

We also went on a gondola ride and got to know a little more about the Venice. For example, the man who was giving us the ride told us that there were 18 islands surrounding Venice. He also told us that there are 426 bridges and they all connect to the island. The water was very pretty, but it smelled bad because since Venice is an island, the water that is surrounded is their sewer system. So yes, Venice was smelly at first, but we eventually got used to it.

Glassblowing in Murano

 

Venice Day 3:

Today we spent the day traveling to two of the 18 Islands that surrounded Venice. First, we went to Murano, where all the hand blown glass was. We got to see how the artists made their pieces, for example, we got to see how a vase was made, and we were in the same room as the artists working. It was very hot in there because of the oven they used to put the glass in to melt it. Then, a man took us to the art gallery, which showcases all of the items that many different artists have made. There was everything from plates and bowls to chandeliers. Everything was beautiful, but of course expensive.

Our next stop was Burano, which is where all the bright, colorful houses are. It was so pretty to look at. There were also many, many shops here, but Burano is known for its linen, which is what every single piece of clothing here was made with. I personally thought it was a weird material, however, everything was still beautifully made.  

Today was our last day in Venice so we made the most of it. We stayed out all night just walking around Venice and seeing everything we could before we had to leave. Eventually, stores started closing so we had to go back to our hotel. Venice was a perfect first place in Italy to visit, and I would without a doubt come back because there is still so much more to see in here that I didn’t get to.   

   

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