I was so sad to leave Paris but very very excited that we were heading to Venice! We were up pretty early for our train ride and thankfully the train station was just walking distance from our apartment. Unfortunately when we got there, we had trouble finding our way, there weren’t many people around to ask for directions! We did eventually find our way. But my random tip for everyone is that if you’re not familiar with the place you’re going to be sure to leave earlier than usually so you don’t miss your train/flight!
We booked our train tickets online through Loco2 around 3 months before our trip. They were £14.36 each or roughly P900. We had a quick stop over in Turin, where we had lunch and looked around the station and rested. We boarded our next train at about 2pm and everything was pretty normal, running smoothly. So we had another 4 more hours to go then suddenly, in the middle of nowhere, in some sort of baron land, we started to slow down and eventually stopped. No one knew what was going on!
My dad asked around and found out that apparently someone had committed suicide!!! :O So sad to hear! There were investigations, police, etc. etc. They didn’t disclose it over the intercom though, I guess they didn’t want to freak out their passengers, which is fair enough. I was pretty freaked! Butttt around 2 hours later we continued our journey. We arrived in Venice at around 11 pm.
It was late and we were all tired but when I walked out of the train station and saw Venice, AHHH it was just so stunning. There was something about that moment that made me fall in love with Venice! Venice is probably my favorite city in Italy, or maybe tied with Rome. Hehe!
Another random tip! Make sure you either buy a simcard or have coins ready for the telephone booths especially if you’ve made arrangement with people when you get to your location. Unfortunately we couldn’t contact the person that was going help us with our apartment so he had no idea that our train had been delayed for 2 hours. We rang him up eventually at one of payphones at the station, explained everything to him. Thankfully he wasn’t that pissed off, hahaha! We did have to pay a little more extra cause we checked it late, but that was no problem since they disclosed it on the booking website (we booked through booking.com – if you want to see some of the apartments we stayed at, click here).
We woke up early the next day, had breakfast and we were off to explore this beautiful Italian city.
I love the rustic architecture! And the streets always seem buzzing with energy! It’s also filled with so much art. We walked by a ton of art galleries and people holding exhibits.
On our first touring day we decided to explore the San Polo and San Croce area which was where our apartment was. We also opted to take a Gondola ride here since we were assuming there would be a ton of people riding Gondolas in the San Marco area.
It was €50 (around P2600) per Gondola for 30 minutes and we were a family of 5. The Gondola is quite big as well so I’m guessing you could fit roughly 6-8 people including the Gondolier. This is the standard rate (so I’ve heard, circa 2016) so if someone asks you to pay more then just go find another one, there are plenty to choose from. Also try to go on one with pretty decors, like the one we had hehe. Felt quite royal, to be honest. Hahaha!
Ahhhh. Just like I always imagined it. Hehe! Another dream come true for me!! 😛
Be sure to choose a good Gondolier! There are a lottttt of them but try to figure out the good ones from the bad. We got an awesome one! She told us a lot of facts about Venice, told us stories and even sang us some songs! Anddd she was willing to take our family photos which is always a big plus! I can’t, for the life of me, remember her name though, which is a shame.
Before we came here I did read a lot online about some Gondoliers that were quite rude, would ask for more money and were just pretty grumpy the whole ride. Definitely stay away from them, they’ll ruin your experience for sure.
THE GRAND CANAL ♥
Look at all those people!! For the rest of the day we just walked around, did a little shopping. Bought some awesome leather bags too.
Always remember to give thanks. Everyday blessings ♥
Who could forget Gelato??? I think I had one everyday while we were in Italy. So goooooooood, craving some right now just looking at it. Oops 😛
Everywhere you look is a stunning sight. Picture perfect memories!
The building on the far right (photo above) is St. Lucia station.
While we were strolling around at 8-9ish pm we heard all this commotion down in the port below the Ponte degli Scalzi (aka The Bridge of the Barefoot). We were curious and when we had a look, the Venice Police were pulling up man! He was soaked! We assumed he was unconscious and not lifeless, since they did wrap him in a space blanket. We weren’t sure what happened after, it was quite scary, but we left before the people started piling up.
The next day we went to St. Mark’s Square, I’ll be writing about it soon! Venice is definitely one of the most beautiful places I’ve had the chance to explore and the few days my family and I spent here at some of my most favorite memories ♥
Have you guys been here before? How was your experience? Let me know in the comment section below. I’d to hear from all of you!