I had a fabulous trip to Venice to visit my friend Natalie. She has been living there for over 2 years. I was lucky to have a terrific place to stay and a wonderful tour guide. Her apartment is on the other side of Venice from the train station in a narrow little street. The outside looks like your typical Venice building like you see on postcards and the inside was updated and so cute!
View from her living room window
I arrived around 7p.m., got settled in and we went out to eat at a great little Trattoria. We had wine and pasta. The food in Italy does not disappoint! It was a welcome break from greasy tapas and Spanish tortillas. The next morning we went shopping at the market for fresh fruits, veggies, fish, cheese and bread for lunch and dinner the next couple days. We of course had our fair share of pizza over the 4 days I was there too!
One of the days we took a "bus" (in Venice, public transportation is a boat :-) to a nearby island to rent bikes. We biked to the end of the island and took a ferry to another island to bike some more and have lunch. We of course rewarded ourselves with a gelato at the end.
Another day, we took a "bus" over to an island with a bell tower that had some great views.
You can spend endless hours wandering the winding mazes of narrow streets throughout Venice and watching the boats and gondolas make their way throughout the canals. It is such a unique place, it hardly seems real. There is definitely no other place like it!
Thank you Natalie for making it such a wonderful trip! :-))