One of the things I wish I would’ve thought about when I first moved here was about the annual festivals / events / best times to visit destinations around Europe. For example, I’m learning that Vienna has spectacular Christmas markets – yet, I visited in the summer months. I forgot that Holland has incredible fields of tulips in the spring. Etc. etc.
Last year, friends went to Venice for Carnevale, and I made a mental note to go this year. My goal was to buy a mask! It turns out that the timing worked well with a U.S. friend who’s on a month long sebbatical. So, despite traveling nearly three solid weeks prior to this weekend, I made my way to Venice to rendezvous with him and some of his friends. It was super short, since I arrived at 8:00pm on Saturday night and departed 6:00am on Monday morning, but I squeezed a lot out of Venice in that time!
For those of you who’ve never been to Venice, it is exactly like the pictures you’ve seen. Water, water everywhere!!! Tiny little alleyways. Bridges galore. No cars or bikes. There’s no where else like it on earth!
I took the water taxi/bus from the airport to a stop near our AirBNB apartment (which was awesome!). My friend met me there and navigated me to the apartment. I arrived to find that they already bought me a mask!!!
On Sunday, we started the day with pastries and cappuccino (which is ALWAYS best in Italy!).
I visited the Guggenheim, which means I’ve now been to all three – New York City, Bilbao, and Venice. I enjoyed the collection, which is displayed in Peggy Guggenheim’s former residence – right on the canal!
[I was so drawn to the lamppost in this painting that I didn’t even notice the contrast until I saw the title of the piece – “Night and Day.”]
[Glass carvings of Picasso drawings]
[I thought this looked like a potential friend for Wall•E]
[And I thought this was downright frightening!]
When wondering around Venice, it’s IMPOSSIBLE not to take photos!!
Especially during Carnevale when there are drawings and costumes all over the city – even on a rainy day!
St. Mark’s Square is still beautiful in the rain.
And despite the rain, we still took a gondola ride (which was far more terrifying that I remember due to our boat tilting to the right!!).
And in an attempt to escape the rain, we went to see La Traviata at Teatro La Fenice (the Venice Opera House), which is just stunning!
A Sunday full of music, art, and beautiful scenery makes for a great day!