Before I start mentioning all the things we’ve done in Venice, I’d just like to share my experience of being stuck on a train for 13 hours. I’m used to cars, planes and even boats that rock back and forth. But trains? Not so much. It was an overnight journey where my family and I slept in a tiny cabin with two triple-bunk beds. Luckily, some of us (including me) slept well, but others did not have a good nights rest. We faced a few problems like having too much luggage’s, brushing our teeth and getting food while the train kept moving. How do people do it? Haha. We were expecting blue skies when hopping down our train, but a few minutes later, it was pouring! Not a good start to our overnight stay in Venice at all. So instead of the Gondola and Water Taxi tour, we stayed indoors learning about St. Marks Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. My mom also hired a tour guide named Ciara who taught us so many things about these two buildings. They both look beautiful. I wish I could include everything I know about the history of these two places, but I really do not want to say false information. So have a look at the pictures instead!
St. Marks Basilica (by the way, the decorations on the walls and ceilings are mosaics)
St. Marks Square
Our Gondola experience was on day 2 when the sun finally decided to shine. We rode one before but only in the Venetian Hotel in Macau. The inside of that hotel really looks like St. Marks Square! I was pretty pumped to be riding an authentic gondola since they are much bigger and we passed by so many interesting buildings. Although they wore blue or red stripes like how we saw in the Venetian, our gondoliers weren’t able to sing for us haha.
We also did the Water Taxi Tour! This time, we appreciated all the bridges.
And thats it! Venice was the shortest out of the five cities we chose to go to. It was actually my grandfather who insisted on us going there and I can see why now. One down side is that the food is really expensive since everything has to be imported by train or boat. Nonetheless, Venice is such a unique city since people get around by boats rather than cars. If you’re visiting Europe for the second or third time, Venice is a must. It’s different from any other city in the world.
Our tour guide, Ciara!