Exploring Europe with my parents: Venice the sinking city

Venice, Italy, is always at the top of everyone’s wish list when traveling to Europe. How can it not be? It’s romantic. It’s historical. It’s sinking and it’s truly magical all year round.

I have been to Venice twice (once during my honeymoon and once during the Masquerade Carnival). My mum has always dreamed of going to Venice ever since I came back with so many tales to tell, so when they visited Europe for the first time, Venice is where I took them!

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At Venice Carnival, every joke goes

Have you ever wanted to put on a costume and mask and party all weekend?

I went to the Venice Carnival on the weekend and I did just that. I have been to Venice before and found it so wonderful that I didn’t think that I could love it any more than when I first visited during my honeymoon. I was wrong! Venice maintains it’s beauty during Carnival season yet reveals an extra layer of its character. Venice is like a charming and sweet friend who has decided to take a walk on the wild side for the weekend. Continue reading “At Venice Carnival, every joke goes”

What makes Venice so magical?

Venice is one of the places that automatically makes you think of romance, mystery and beautiful architecture. When I traveled to Venice this Spring, I thought that I had an idea of what to expect. I used TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet and Viator to look for things to do but nothing could have prepared me for the sites that I saw. Although Venice is not very big, you can wander past the same place a million times, and you will still be able to see something new and beautiful about it! Etched into my memories will be my favourite things about Venice…

Strolling along the side of the St Mark’s square and coming across the breathtaking Doges Palace and St Mark’s Basilica… Continue reading “What makes Venice so magical?”

Is the gondola ride worth it in Venice?

Is the gondola ride worth it in Venice? This is a question that many people ask themselves when they make their way to the city most famous for its canals and where roads are replaced by water ways. The gondolas are almost as part of everyday Venetian life in the same way as cars and trains are part of my Sydney city life.

The gondola, is a traditional, Venetian rowing boat which was once used as the primary form of transportation within Venice. Nowadays, the gondola has become a symbol of romance, and is usually the first thought that comes to mind when someone mentions Venice. Well, it’s my first thought anyway! Continue reading “Is the gondola ride worth it in Venice?”