The biggest surprise for me in Venice was the lack of proper roads and cars, even with all the research I had done for the trip, the fact that Venice is a set of hundreds of islands linked by bridges and boats completely slipped my mind! Once we arrived at the airport, we took a water bus to our hotel and spent the first day exploring through the maze-like streets and narrow alleys.
Our stay in Venice was really short, but I didn’t feel like I needed much more than two or three days this time to explore. For the first time in a week, we were finally able to sleep-in a little and set a leisurely pace for ourselves. We took a gondola ride on our first day there with a friendly gondolier who talked took us around the canals of the city highlighting some of the significant building in Venice and spent some time in the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace).
We also stumbled on a great wine bar and restaurant called Chat qui Rit, we enjoyed it so much we decided to split a bottle of wine between two girls!