Sunday, 4 November 2018

VENICE, ITALY 2018


If I'll squeeze Venice into a word, it will be undoubtedly be: DELICIOUS! But that won't be apt because it is equally serene and beautiful in its own right. Exactly a month ago as I type this post, Gab and myself went to Venice and an island called Burano (famous for Italian glasses) as a side trip. I was so sad because the forecast during our weekend visit was rainy. However, I made a firm resolve to make the most out of it. We met Gab's friends: Alex and Robbie and had one Saturday night full of boisterous laughs and a heck lot of steps (think 46,000+ over the weekend). A more 'interesting' story was I was in a chunky heels whilst the guys are in their comfy shoes. This begs the question: is there ever a waterproof and stylish (of course) rubber shoes for us, ladies?


This is the most heavenly seafood pasta I tasted! We ordered it in a restaurant located in Burano. The place is a 10-minute ride by boat from Venice. If only for this, I would say our quick trip to Burano island was well worth it. Every angle in this place is picturesque, pretty much like Brussels and Budapest. However, the greatest discovery I've ever had is this: I can make my homemade Italian brewed coffee from home! This means I'm no longer dependent on Pret A Manger (though it still remains to be my fave). It's just liberating to finally concoct a Colombian blend with Innocent Hazelnut milk, any time my heart desires. We bought the coffee beans from a hole in the wall coffee place in Venice.


If there's anything that I don't fancy much about Venice is it is extremely commercialised. It makes me sad that the whole city vibe is centred around people visiting the place. Shops are everywhere and it's easy to forget how beautiful the place is when there are so many distractions. Here is a clip from World Population Review: Tourism is one of the main industries in Venice. Although many residents feel as though tourists can be a nuisance, they cannot ignore the fact that tourism is vital to the city's survival. It is estimated that approximately 20 million tourists visit Venice annually and that number only increases as each year passes. (Source) Let's bear in mind that the population in Venice as of this writing is 635,247 and its annual visitors are estimated to be around 20 million.


That said, we decided to go where it's least crowded (as we always do). Result? We were surprised  by how much Venizian tiny alleys and crevices have to offer. There are no cars or buses around and the landscape is very much elevated - one must be ready to walk. You can always have a nice scoop (or two) of gelato if you feel peckish. I've been to Rome last 2017 (visit HERE) and I must say Rome and Venice are worlds apart. Both are visit worthy in my opinion but I enjoyed Venice better albeit our very short stay. Maybe because of the water, food and the fact that we have local friends that we shared our coffee and dinner with. Travel is one of the many blessings I am truly grateful for in my life. How about you? Do you like to travel? What's your favourite place? -CMK





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