Some lovely shots of Venice here. I hate to criticize, but the “don’ts” list includes not expecting great food in one of the greatest culinary experience cities in the world! Venice is admittedly not a pizza eating city, but it’s like being disappointed that it’s hard to find a good cricket game in a baseball town like Baltimore or Boston. The food in Venice is amazing, but it’s not found in pizza joints that cater to the casual passerby–it’s found in family run restaurants a bit off the beaten path that aren’t always immediately obvious as you stroll about. Hopefully Stephanie gets to travel to Venice again and finds some of the amazing grub waiting just around the corner.


Venice blew me away, which was surprising. I feared that a place with so much hype could never live up to its reputation. In fact, I almost didn’t go at all. But I am so glad I did!

Venice is just as beautiful and romantic as everyone says it is. It is not, however, hot and smelly and full of rats (as some people say as well). Perhaps that was just my luck as I went in April before it got too hot and crowded. Bottom line: seeing Venice is a must!


  • Take a water taxi on the Grand Canal. If you can, get a seat at the front—you’ll get some amazing photos.
  • Get lost. Walking around Venice is the best way to see it. There’s beauty around every corner from an unexpected statue to a windowsill garden.
  • Buy a glass bead necklace. They are lovely and it’s a…

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