Just when I thought Italy couldn’t get any better, I stepped foot into Venice and was completely taken back. After a long, crazy day of traveling from train to train, I finally made it.
Now it’s true what they say about Venice; those canals winding through the city are absolutely mesmerizing. I fell in love the moment I stepped out of the train station and into my private water taxi. Tears were beginning to form in my eyes as the boat made its way past the floating buildings. Venice had always seemed like an unreachable dream back in the day, but here I am now, studying in one of the most beautiful countries, and getting the opportunity to visit some of the most sought after cities in the world.
When I finally reached my dear friend Gabby at the hotel, I was so relieved. I met her in London last year and she visited Paris with me too. We always have tons of fun together! She also brought with her a friend from home who is just as darling as she is. I swear, the friendships that are made while traveling last a lifetime.
The next morning the three of us woke up early to the sun shining brightly over the Grand Canal, which was right outside our hotel. Our main goal of the day was to ride in a gondola after a quick breakfast, and then we would have the rest of the day to explore. I was quite nervous by the waves that attempted to tip the tiny boat once we were in, but having the girls with me laughing the whole way made it that much more enjoyable. After the dreamy gondola ride, we began to wander around the city that was just overflowing with tourist groups. We did everything we could to get away from them and see the true beauty of Venice. Take my advice, when you are traveling to a new city make sure to get up extra early to beat the crowds, and set aside some time to, dear I say it, take the path less traveled. I always end up finding beautiful hidden gems whenever I do.
The day spent in Venice went by so unbelievably fast, but I know I will never forget it. Next stop, the Amalfi Coast!