Photo Friday | A Brief Afternoon in Venice, Italy

 It’s been a bit over nine years since I first visited Europe. It was a lot of firsts for me. This trip was my first time traveling solo (in London for a few days). It was my first time going outside North America. I’d only traveled in Canada and to the US before. This trip was also the first time on a group tour. We visited ten countries in 11 days. I was very excited for this trip.

It turns out that it’s exhausting to visit 11 countries in 10 days. I only got a small taste of the places I went to, and one city I’d love to go back, and visit is Venice, Italy. To be honest, this city wasn’t high on my must-see list. There was nothing against Venice, but there were other cities that were more on my radar. When I got to Venice, I found it fascinating. The canals, the winding streets, the grand architecture. It felt a bit surreal and magical (the prosecco I drank might have played a part in this as well). Aside from that gondola ride, and wandering around I didn’t have time for much else in Venice. The next day we were on our bus going to Switzerland.

St. Mark's Square in Venice Italy.

St. Mark’s Square. Our time was so short we weren’t able to go up to the bell tower. Another reason to go back.

I wish I could tell you I have a trip booked for Venice, but I don’t. What I do know is that it’s is a city I want to spend more than a few hours seeing. At some point, I’ll go back to Venice, and explore elsewhere in Italy as well.

Is there anywhere you’d like to go back and visit for longer?


11 Responses to Photo Friday | A Brief Afternoon in Venice, Italy

  1. Ryan Biddulph October 7, 2017 at 2:50 AM #

    Hi Alouise,

    Beautiful photo.

    As for places I wish to return to, for a longer period of time, we almost always do slow travel so I feel pretty good about spending a month or 2 or more in most spots.

    If anything, rather than laying over in Taiwan at the beginning of our trip, I wish to see more of the place. I knew little about the land before we traveled through. But since then I have seen amazing beauty there via my travel blogging buddies.

    Thanks for the share.


  2. James October 11, 2017 at 7:41 PM #

    I’m visiting Venice next month, I should get 2 nights in there. I didn’t know you could go up the Bell Tower in St Mark’s Square, the view from up there must be incredible. Hopefully you’ll get more time to spend in Venice next time.

  3. Jen Morrow October 11, 2017 at 8:37 PM #

    11 countries in 10 days sounds exhausting. At least you get a small taste of each place, so you know which countries that you must go back to for longer. Slow travel is my favorite way to travel, but the quick tour helps to feed the wanderlust.

  4. Lisa October 12, 2017 at 12:02 AM #

    Venice definitely deserves a longer look, and you should go back. I understand why you weren’t keen, it’s always busy; I should know, I’m always in that region of Italy! I’d suggest going in October/November; less people and still beautiful.

  5. Yukti October 12, 2017 at 4:59 AM #

    I can relate myself with you as, I also spent half day in Venice. Afternoons of Venice are very beautiful as watching for sun-rays passing through narrow lanes of water is very beautiful. Going to St. Mark’s square and taking Gondola ride in such a short time is perfect way of spending time in Venice. Hopefully you come back again here and spend more time to your favorite places.

  6. Heraa Farooq October 12, 2017 at 7:54 AM #

    Venice has a lot of places to see and explore. I have been there twice and would love to go back their again. You should definitely go back and see more of Venice and all the places you wanted to visit.

  7. Sonja October 12, 2017 at 9:52 AM #

    10 countries in 11 days?! Wow! That is a whirlwind tour of Europe for sure! I know what you mean about Venice though, I want to go but also I’m not sure, given how much I’ve heard about how crowded it gets etc. You still captured a beautiful picture though. It sounds like you need to come back to Europe 😀

  8. Kate Storm October 12, 2017 at 3:25 PM #

    Wow, I’m exhausted just thinking about 11 countries in 10 days! Venice was never incredibly high on my list either, but lately I’ve been feeling like I need to see it–we’re actually going in November! Looking forward to seeing what we think about it, as everyone seems to either adore it or think it’s overrated.

  9. Abigail Sinsona October 13, 2017 at 2:32 AM #

    It’s too bad that you couldn’t stay longer. I’m sure despite the hype Venice has plenty to offer. You captured a great photo though and like you, I am longing to go to Venice. I’m sure it is everything it is hyped to be!

  10. Swati Jain October 13, 2017 at 3:59 PM #

    I feel Venice is quite an underrated place. The Heritage lover is me has always looked up to visit this place but somehow I am not been able to make a visit. But 11 countries in 10 days 😮

  11. Agness of Fit Travelling October 17, 2017 at 11:26 AM #

    The magical Venice. Your picture is truly awe-inspiring, Alouise! What did you like best there and what shouldn’t we miss when being there?

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