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Around Europe in 30 days #15: Stepping back in time (Venice)

In 2008, when I was 21, I came up with the idea of booking an Interrail ticket and touring Europe for a month. I decided travel to Paris, Madrid, Granada, Barcelona, Venice, Rome, Athens, Istanbul and Vienna. And I felt the strong urge to do this tour alone.

Day 14 & 15 – Venice (Italy)

Map of Venice (Italy)

Heading into Venice with a train is kind of fascinating in itself. There is nothing but water around you for miles, but you can see the lagoon city growing in the distance. And once you actually step out of the train station, it is like your stepped back in time and into a different world.

Even after all these years of travel, Venice is unique to me and a place that I think one should see with their own eyes if given the opportunity. Despite the centuries (and the masses of tourists), the city has kept its Renaissance charm and beauty. There are so many alleys to explore and to get lost in and solitude can be easily found once you stray a little bit off the beaten path around Pizza San Marco. I simply loved wandering around for the two days that I had and did not grow tired of looking at everything.

I actually came back in 2011 with my baby sister (9 years my junior), and fell in love with Venice all over again. Venice has magic about it. Hopefully I will get to return in the future. I would love to show this unique place to my love someday. And I want to wander the streets and get lost in time and space again.

How about you?
Have you been to Venice? What was your impression?

Cover picture was taken in Venice (Italy) in Sep 2008

Missing the beginning of this story?
Around Europe in 30 days #1: Forming a plan


3 thoughts on “Around Europe in 30 days #15: Stepping back in time (Venice)

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  1. Venice gets a bad rep for being a city catered to the tourists and not authentically “Italian.” But I beg to differ: while it might be kitsch, I believe Venice still is incredibly beautiful, and it offers a lot of sights to admire…not to forget delicious gelato for the hot summer months! Did you happen to check out nearby Burano? It’s a colorful fishing village and worth a day trip over! Can’t wait to read more from your series. 🙂

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    1. Venice does not deserve a bad name, I agree. In my book, it is a sight of world heritage and absolutely gorgeous. I don’t think it to be kitschy, after all, that was the style of back in the day. If anything, you could leave out the gondolfieres 😂
      Unfortunately, I did not make it to Burnout, maybe that will be a stopover on another trip 😍

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