postcards from venice

It’s true what they say about Venice. That it’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world. There’s something enchanting, breathtaking and unforgettable about the city. The moment you first behold sight of the city cradled on the Adriatic Sea from your plane window. The moment you get stopped on your tracks stepping into Piazza San Marco. The moment you cross one of the city’s over 400 bridges on a moonlit evening. The moment you finally give in and pay big for that celebrated gondola ride, gliding through the city’s crisscross of canals. The moment you spend an afternoon hopping to the island of Lido reminiscing what it was like in the film Death in Venice. The moment you escape Venice’s cacophonies and have coffee along a canal in Murano. The moment you see the rush of water traffic on the Grand Canal and the rush of nationalities as you stride past a Venetian campo. People from all over the world come to this tiny lagoon city to have the time of their life. To experience something enchanting, breathtaking and unforgettable. 

We spent the first two nights of our Italian rendezvous in Venice, and sweetly ended it there too. We first stayed at the boutique hotel Ca’ Gottardi and I would recommend this hotel for its great location on Strada Nova beside the grand palazzo Ca’ d’Oro and a comfortable walk from the Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco. It has been said many times, but really the best way to explore Venice is on foot – by just getting lost among the lovely small alleys that seem to whisper memories of the past. And that past is never too distant because Venice breathes and lives in the richness of its history. 

We did all the things a tourist could possibly do while in Venice. We went up the world famous Rialto Bridge. We were among the pigeons of Piazza San Marco. We admired the grandeur of St. Mark’s Basilica, the Campanile and the Doge’s Palace as they turn color at dusk. We gazed into the Bridge of Sighs while a line of gondolas smoothly glide under. We sampled the Italian fares gelato, pizza, and pasta. We dined with the locals at the always-booked haunt Alla Botte (Calle della Bissa near Rialto; try the tagliatelle with scallops, I was intrigued by this platter of three types of cod). We would also recommend this restaurant called Achiugetta near Piazza San Marco for its modern sleek interiors, reasonable prices, and excellent dishes (Campo SS Fillippo e Giacomo; the spinach mousse with parmesan melts in your mouth). We admired the exquisite Venetian masks and learned the history/characters of each. We took a gondola ride along with an Italian family to save half of the insanely expensive price, the cheapest we could find was 100 euros for a 35-minute ride in the oldest part of Venice. And on our last night, we slowly sipped on our flutes of bellini at the legendary thus ever-crowded Harry’s Bar. We had our final forty winks in Italy at Corte 1321, a cozy bed & breakfast in a quiet alley near the Rialto, with a characteristic courtyard for breakfast during fine days.

All in all, Venice was a good beginning and ending to an Italian holiday I never thought I would covet in my entire life. If only for something enchanting, breathtaking and unforgettable, I would definitely go back to this city in a heartbeat. Now on to the pictures – click on the thumbnails for a bigger, better shot. :)



14 Responses to “postcards from venice”

  1. 1 wah May 2, 2008 at 5:51 am

    oh my gosh!!! the pictures are so beautiful!!!
    i wanna keep looking a them all night.
    they’ll be my bedtime story.
    thank you so much!!!

  2. 2 robinriyadh May 2, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    u obviously had swell time! good 4 u!

  3. 3 Lov May 2, 2008 at 7:16 pm a dream.. im so glad you got to experience it!

  4. 4 RennyBA May 2, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Okay; now that you personally have been in live in Oslo, I have to believe you then :-) I must admit, one of my top three destinations would be that town too and after reading your very informative and readable description, I wanna go there even more!

    Wonderful photos Mark – you really have an eye for good spots and have captured the atmosphere so well!

    Btw: I do like your new top pics on the blog :-)

  5. 5 freshmess May 2, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    @ wah – i hope these images gave you a nice dream, thanks!

    @ robinriyadh – i sure did, thanks!

    @ Lov – it was like a dream – and more, thanks!

    @ RennyBA – so great to hear that you got to experience Venice, too! I’m sure you and Diane had a great time, and you guys should go back. Thanks for the compliment on the photos! The Norwegian Opera House rules! Yeah!!!

  6. 6 supercow May 3, 2008 at 5:29 am

    wow. breathtaking photos. wb.

  7. 7 Paul May 3, 2008 at 7:25 am

    The pictures are definitely worth a thousand words. Damn, I must make my way there some time!

  8. 8 pepe May 3, 2008 at 7:46 am

    im speechless! can i be yur boyfriend? hahahahahaha!
    pepe talking to himslef: mag ipon ka na! bilisssssss!

    super galing ang mga pics mark!


  9. 9 freshmess May 3, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    @ supercow – thanks! :)

    @ Paul – you should add this in your next travel itinerary! wait til i get to my cinque terre post ;)

    @ pepe – thanks, babe. ;) what about your super hot boyfriend? take him there, quick! :)

  10. 10 Sam May 6, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Oh wow. The pictures caught me breathless!!! This goes on my list now. :D

    *jots down Venice into the to-travel list*

  11. 11 freshmess May 6, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Hey Sam! Hope you’ll get to experience Venice, too! Thanks! :)

  12. 12 sardonic nell May 7, 2008 at 8:58 am

    truly, as the the other have said. your photos are absolutely beautiful. love the first one, the one where you were carrying your lv bag. heheheh! this was such a fabulous trip, mark ;)

  13. 13 freshmess May 7, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    I knew you would fall for that, sardonic nell! Hehehe. Thanks for the sweet words.

  14. 14 bmcd22 July 10, 2008 at 1:55 am

    Hi! I was linked to your blog from TPF. Your pictures are gorgeous! Also, what size is your keepall in that picture?

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