I returned last night from a very restful and lovely week in Venice. My dad attributes an earlier trip to the city when I was sixteen - replete with a loud dinner party and two handsome Casanovas etched in my memory - for sparking my lifelong love affair with Italy. I think he's right - Venice brings back special memories.
Our favorite restaurant in Venice is Corte Sconta so of course we paid a visit and devoured homemade pasta dishes, the freshest of seafood, flavorful red wines, and a pumpkin gelato and chocolate cake that make my mouth water just thinking about it.
The Rialto Bridge, with its iconic arcade of arches and pediment, is what romantic evenings and dreamy nights are made of. And the gondolas in the foreground? Absolutely stunning works for engineering and art!
The Views! Every corner you turn, every bridge you cross, every canal you traverse...there is beauty in Venice!
I was also quite inspired by the stripes I kept seeing around the city. It's nice to remember that a pattern we hold as simple and commonplace actually holds great history.
One of my favorite things about being in Europe is the scale of its cities and attributes. Streets are narrower, doorways are shorter, portions are smaller, and that constant reminder that bigger is not necessarily better thrills me.
A nice evening in a beautiful palazzo listening to a concerto was probably one of my favorite parts of the trip. My dad is a huge classical music buff and though I resisted the genre growing up, I thank him for my appreciation for it today.
What would a visit to Venice without a day trip to Murano be? Here are two glass pieces I fell in love with. It is now on my biggest wants list to own a Murano glass, yellow chandelier like the one on the right one day. My two favorite glassmakers from the trip were Venini and Seguso.
But most amusing of all was the fact that a good portion of the time, Venice was under water. The sirens would go off alerting the town that high waters were coming and nobody would flinch. It's just another typical day when you live in a city made up of hundreds of little sinking islands. We had a blast buying 10 dollar rainboots and splashing around the city!
Thanks for all your kind comments while I was away! It's good to be back - I missed you!