Being honest, I had written a previous post to this. I wrote a very long blog post in detail about what Venice was like. It was too much. Venice is one of them places that despite being popular no one can ever know what it is like until they go there. There is a strong sense of intriguing beauty about the place and if I tell the ins and outs of an in-depth city I might miss interpret its charm.
So I will tell you over all what I seen in Venice. The intertwining streets have endless possibilities, you just don’t know where they will take you. The traditional buildings are toweringly tall so you can’t see what you will be faced with when you turn the corner. Although the maps make it look as if the city is literally made up of islands, you can walk anywhere because the streets are connected with arch bridges. The stunning brocade railings added to the general romance, so much so, there was no particular bridge dedicated to love locks, they were scattered all around the city. Like anywhere there is busy and calm parts but the narrow alley streets were the same. The fast-moving areas laced with boutiques, sweet shops, art galleries and coffee bars were streamed with people on the go. Everyone was walking at a fast flowing pace, no cars, no lights, just everyone together, it was lovely.
The restaurant staff were courteous and humorous. Making sure everything was perfect for you but giving you the privacy to enjoy your meal. Every place we ate at was just awesome. From pizzas to pasta, true bliss. The thing I loved about it was that everything was completely authentic and without trying. Italian wine, Italian cuisine all sourced and made in the very country we were in. Back home restaurants replicate this very atmosphere to pose the Italian experience and here we were actually experiencing it. The drinking spots were undeniably chic, coffee shops by day and trendy bars by night. The thing was, you could buy drink anywhere, chip shops, news agents the fridges always stocked alcohol. It seemed that this is because people didn’t abuse it. Drinking was done in moderation, you sit relax and sip over a glass of wine and actually enjoy the flavour and aroma. Alcohol was used to complement food so the laid back appreciation for a fine wine or a cold beer made it more available, it was interesting coming from a place were binge drinking is seen as a massive problem.
Venice instilled an appreciation for life in me. The extraction of traffic, roads, wide abandoned streets and crazy over crowded night clubs made me just slow down and take things in. The minimalistic fashion and fresh natural faces were endearing. Venice comes across to have a genuine persona, a natural beauty full of mystery and passion that you have to get lost in to discover. A lot of cultures today are a big soirée of outgoingness, celebrity obsessed, completely un-relatable with a forced desire to be perfect. It is nice to know there are places in the world that have a different mindset, in fact I recently read PSYCHOLOGIES magazine March issue, and their cover interview was with George Clooney. He was being interviewed from Venice and said “What I love about Italy is being able to feel free. The Italians have a great joie de vivre and a way of looking at the world. Very little bothers them…no one cares about the film business. It’s all about food, wine and the beauty of being there.” I couldn’t have said it better myself, the interview simply summed up the essence of Venice, un-phased by stardom and an easy-going love for life.
On Valentines Day we got the train out to Verona to see Juliet’s house. The folklore says that this is the very house that Giulietta Capuleti lived and therefore gave Shakespeare the basis for Romeo and Juliet. We left a love lock on the courtyard gate and seen the famous balcony. It was a magical place and a definite must see. Going out to Verona made me appreciate Venice for what it was, a part of me missed it even though I was only a little while away.
All images original to Kooky Miss Match