Our last country stop (sort of), involved a lot of walking; and a lot of weird new experiences to try! I was surprised to note that the weather in Italy got significantly cooler when we came in--maybe because we were much closer to the sea this time? Anyway, here's a quick photo diary of Venice and Burano, two beautiful islands in Italy that charmed and enchanted us.
We started our tour with a taxi ride through the Grand Canal--basically the big waterway in Venice. We had a water taxi to ourselves (with a well dressed Italian driver to boot!) like George Clooney's wedding guests, and we sped down the waterway in our sunglasses and cameras. The buildings along the canal have different architectural details, even if they were kind of sad and dilapidated.
The Santa Maria Della Salute Cathedral, just at the edge of the Grand Canal. My photos of this cathedral can look like a gif as our taxi rounded a corner! I'm still amazed that these are all Roman Catholic churches we're seeing here.
PS getting serious David Tennant in BBC's Casanova vibes here.
Classic tourist shot of St. Mark's Square. My dad told us the story of how he and his sisters stole pigeons from the square and kept it in their hotel room--their first time seeing pigeons! I don't think it ended well for anyone though...
Italians are the best dressed people I have ever seen. Seriously, no couple shirts here, ladies and gentlemen! All the men were in suits, all the women wore tailored clothes that suited them so well.
The streets of Venice get incredibly packed with tourists, but our tour director was adamant that we go to the island early in the morning--and it was worth it because I saw THIS GUY! He's so cute! My obsession with well dressed old men continues.
On the afternoon on our second day, we headed out to Burano--another island in Italy. It's a fishing village that has wonderfully painted walls that reminded me a lot of the Gawad Kalinga village we helped out in college. It's a wonderful place, if a bit quiet. It's nice to get away from crazy tourists sometimes.