Italy :: I’d forgotten how beautiful Venice is

“The experts are right, he thought. Venice is sinking. The whole city is slowly dying. One day the tourists will travel here by boat to peer down into the waters, and they will see pillars and columns and marble far, far beneath them, slime and mud uncovering for brief moments a lost underworld of stone.”
– Daphne du Maurier, Echoes from the Macabre: Selected Stories

I visited Venice in 1998 with my friend, Christin. We were on interrail and decided to pop by the city of water… Turns out water creates humidity, who’d a thunk? What I remember mostly about my trip here back then is dying from the heat.

I had completely forgotten how incredibly beautiful Venice really is.

Venice is an odd place. It’s full of old structures, but cramped with new souvenirs. It’s a city of water, but a city firmly made of stone, which creates a strange contrast. But most importantly, it’s always filled to the brim with people, yet the atmosphere is incredibly chill. I enjoyed myself immensely walking through the streets and taking in the views. I spent way too much money on some of the typical Venetian masks (goodbye, budget), but drew the line at half an hour gondola rides for $80 (I mean, that’s just silly, but plenty of people do it).

I went tourist here and had dinner one night at Hard Rock Cafe. I’m not even sorry, I like the food there This time: salmon, and it was so good ❤

The crowds at Rialto Bridge (the oldest of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal) were insane as ususal, but I still managed to get a couple of good shots of (and from) the bridge. As well as meandering around St. Mark's Square (what Napoleon called "The Drawing Room of Europe"). These are the two "most important" tourist attractions in Venice and well worth visiting.

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