It was late in the afternoon when I walked out of the Mestre train station in Venice. There weren’t many tourists, and I quickly bought a ticket for the vaporetto which would take me to my hotel next to the Rialto bridge. As the boat pulled away from the pier, I took a deep breath and noticed the whiff of the sea in the air- a distinct smell which always has the ability to calm me.
It wasn’t the first time I was in Venice and it will not have been the last. In fact, I remember the first time I was there as a little girl running around chasing the pigeons on St. Mark’s Square at a time when one was still allowed to feed them. Since then, I been a few times but only for the day, and I longed to experience Venice in the early morning, late at night and take turns down narrow walkways and see where I ended up. As mentioned in my last blog post, I was there for a special photography workshop.
Here are my photos, most of them taken as I probably annoyed our group by rushing around to keep up. Yes, I was almost always the last to follow everyone else as they disappeared down a narrow alleyway. But I couldn’t help myself- being in a place that oozed history and art!
Where to stay:
Ca’ Rialto House
Where to eat:
6342 a le Tole, Castello 6342, 30122 Venezia
Extremely popular with the locals. The pizza and pasta is freshly made and delicious.
A do Archi, Barbaria de le Tole, 6359, 30122 Venezia
Delicious food, friendly hosts
Dal Mas Pasticceria, Rio Terà Lista di Spagna, 150, 30121 Venezia
A huge selection of delicious pastries and I could have easily had one of each!
Bar Da Gino, Dorsoduro, 853A, 30123 Venezia VE, Italien
A nice place to stop and have a coffee with a pastry.