Venice, a city that's disappearing before our very eyes.
Although it will probably be around for decades to come,
the heritage sight has been on my wander list for years.
It was our last stop in Italy,
a perfect parting image before we bid adieu to the land of carbs and wine.
It's a place like nowhere else in the world....
I personally think it should be its own country,
but alas, this is not a political blog, but rather a place to share memories from my time abroad.
In total, there are 118 islands, separated by canals and linked by bridges.
There seem to be more tourists than actual residents,
especially on days when the giant cruise ships make their way in.
It's kind of annoying, and a tad bit sad in my opinion.
But such is life, so one must look past the crowds and take in the beauty of their surroundings.
First of, where to stay?
Not gonna lie, it's kind of a pain to get around this place,
so it's all about planning ahead.
We stayed at the Hilton Molino Stucky,
a gorgeous hotel situated in Giudecca, and offers a free shuttle to and from San Marco square all day long.
Then there are the must-sees of San Marco square -
Palazzo Ducale, Bell Tower of St. Mark and the Clock Tower.
Squeeze in some shopping in the Rialto market,
and, if you can afford it, take a traditional gondola ride (be prepared to shell out no less than €80).
And of course, take your time when it comes to meals.
Grab a seat by one of the canals and try the Polenta Nella Seppia,
a fried corn meal with the black ink of a cuttle fish, one of Venice's trademark foods.
Feel free to skip Venetian pizza... it has a rep as the worst in Italy.
Wash it all down with a traditional Bellini, a mix of white peach juice and Prosecco,
invented at the famous Harry's Bar in Venice.
Lastly, take a walk on the wild side.
Break some rules and feed some pigeons.
The activity is technically banned in Venice,
but the photo ops are SO worth it.