{Italy} Venice

Friends! My last post about my wonderful trip to Italy last fall will be about ...  the lovely Venice. If you're new around here and would like to catch up with my fabulous vacation, you can read all the posts here.

I have to preface this post with a couple things. First, I was pretty anti-Venice. I have no idea. I'd heard some negative things in the past and I just didn't really care if I ever went. The friend I was staying with practically shoved me on the train. Second, it rained the entire day I was there. And it was that heavy mist type of rain that is impossible NOT to be soaking wet when you're walking around in and never ceases to make me super cranky if I have to be out in (and also made my pictures sorta gloomy! ;). So, as you can imagine, I went into my day in Venice with an awesome attitude!

And you know what's crazy?? I LOVED, loved, loved Venice. Like, kicking myself that Chris and I didn't spend a few days there. I'm sitting here trying to find the right word to describe how I felt about Venice and all I can come up with is .... enchanted. Venice is enchanting. It felt like another world entirely - the architecture, the water, the boats, the history. I completely fell in love. And I didn't care that I was wandering around in the rain because I just wanted to explore every nook and cranny.

I started my day on a water taxi that took me on an amazing tour of the city. At the end of the route, before the ocean, is the palace and it was a great place to start. From there, I wandered back toward the train station - which took hours and I got lost more than once :).

Loved all the stripes! These guys were all over the place -- I'm sure they have a purpose, I just don't know what it is :).

I know, they're incredibly tourist-y, and I didn't go on one, but the gondolas were so cool! Much more fun to look at than the water-skiing type boats :).

Friends, thanks so much for following along on my Italian adventures. It's been so much fun for me to both capture and relive my vacation, and I appreciate you all coming along for the ride :)

Have you ever been to Venice? What was your experience? And, have you ever been pleasantly surprised by a vacation spot?


  1. Venice is amazing! I spent 4 days there a few years ago and would go back in a heartbeat - there is so much more to see. Glad you enjoyed it in the end :)

  2. Oh man, I am so jealous!! Want to be there like right now! It looks amazing!! Great pics, Jenn! We've only been to Rome, but I know I want to go back and explore the rest of Italy someday. This is such a tease!!!

  3. My husband and I are planning a trip to Italy. This post (including the wonderful pictures) are making me reconsider our idea to skip Venice. It looks like a magical place!

  4. I've never been outside of North America, so I would love to explore Europe someday. I actually really love the gloominess of your photos. And how do you ever choose which ones you're going to frame for your house? You are so fortunate to have gotten this opportunity to go over there. It looks unbelieveable and such an incredible place.

  5. Beautiful photos!! I noticed this morning that I hadn't TOUCHED (literally) my camera in over a week. Doesn't help that it's grey and ugly here. Bad camera mom. And I digress...


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