I realized yesterday that it had been one year – to the day! – of when Mike and I started our incredible Italian vacation. And then I sadly realized that I still hadn’t done anything with the over 800 pictures (yes, 800!) I took while we were there! Of course at the time, I had grand intentions that involved photo books and a power point presentation to our interested friends and family but like so many things, it got pushed aside. And left there. Well it seems like the perfect time to start going back through all those pictures and start sharing some of the best ones and our story. I am not a professional photographer nor am I very good with photo editing software. Luckily for me, these pictures didn’t need anything – all I really did was crop them and put a frame on them. It wasn’t me or the camera that was amazing, it was Italy.
As many of your know, Mike travels a lot for his work. As soon as we found out that he would need to travel to Italy, I started figuring out how I could go with him. Italy had always been one of my dream vacations and I wasn’t about to let it slip by. Korea, Hong Kong, Columbia, yeah of course I’d love to go with him to those places if it worked out (which it never has) but ITALY?! I was prepared to pack myself in a suitcase if need be. In the end, although he had to do some work most every day, he was able to spend 8 days with me touring the top three destinations (the Trinity as it is often called) Venice, Florence and Rome.
One of the amazing things about Italy is that it is stunningly beautiful. Everything is beautiful. Old buildings, bridges, fountains, the street (ha ha – no really, I am sort of serious). And now you know how I took over 800 pictures when I wasn’t even allowed to take pictures inside most of the places we went.
The first thing that struck me in Venice is what I think probably strikes everyone. The canals and bridges!
There are no cars in Venice so everybody walks (or bikes) or rides in a boat. One of the reason that Venice is so expensive is because all supplies and groceries have to be brought in by boat.
If you look closely, you can see how the canals have risen and fallen over the centuries and how that has affected the buildings.
^ This picture was from out hotel window.
I did take a picture of the famous Rialto Bridge but it didn’t turn out well, kind of like how I felt about it. I just didn’t get the hype – it was so crowded that it was hard to walk over it and it was hard to see.
The Bridge of Sighs, on the other hand, completely lived up to it’s hype for me. It was my favorite bridge and one of my favorite of all sights in Venice.
The Bridge of Sighs connects the Doge’s palace to the prison and it was given it’s name for the condemned men that would be led over this bridge on the way to prison, take one last look at Venice and sigh. Tragic and beautiful.
Next up: Venice, Part 2: Doge’s Palace