Monday, 14 August 2017

Venice, you are beautiful!

''Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.'' /Oscar Wild/ 

I haven't been to a place prettier than Venice. Even though years have passed, I still remember our time there vividly. I remember sweet-scented roses from our hotel garden and appetising bruschettas, I remember historic San Polo district and  old churches, I remember falling in love again. Persistently claiming The most romantic city in the world title(It's where The Clooneys choose to spend their honeymoon), this Italian wonder certainly knows how to put on a show for a first-time visitors and return travellers. 

We arrived in Venice with an overnight train from Salzburgh, stayed few nights and navigated towards Milan and Bergamo. In Italy trains link just about every town or major city. It's much more relaxing and convenient way of travel, specially if you compare it to driving. The trains hardly ever sell out so you can buy a ticket on the day or day before, just don't forget to validate local/regional ticket before you get on the train  in one of the yellow machines you can find at the entrance on platform(there is a fine, if you don't)

You can't really get sense of Venice, unless you loose yourself along it's charming waterways on traditional, flat-bottomed Venetian rowing boat aka Gondola. After passing very demanding six months course, gondoliers are allowed to operate these sleek and black boats, tastefully decorated, trough cities labyrinth. Visiting Venice in the middle of the summer sure comes with a price, it's when tourists outnumber locals, but with so many islands(more than 100!) there's plenty of places to escape the crowds.

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