02.09.2012 - 05.09.2012 28 °C
Venice is a huge maze, a massive Disneyland packed with thousands of tourists in a medieval setting. Walking around in Venice without getting lost is a huge challenge. Even with the help of the google map, you still get lost a lot. (just because the map looks like this, thank you very much)
It was very frustrating the first day here as I thought I was heading to a place and ended up completely in different direction. But I really enjoyed it! With a gelato, walking down a tiny tiny alley lead you to a majestic church, which is not even on a guidebook. They say "Good things happen just around the corner", is very true in Venice.
I particularly enjoyed randomly jumping on and off the water bus and got to deserted islands, getting away from the hectic tourist crowds. I was really amazed there were so many cool buildings in the area. I got to an island called San Giorgio at dusk, standing in front of a stunning church and there was absolutely no tourist around, the grand atmosphere there just made me feel so small and kept me silent.
I also enjoyed the renaissance art, particularly liked Tintoretto's works... It was really strange when I saw this 15th century painting about Piazza San Marco (the landmark everyone goes to when in Venice) I couldn't help but wonder how would the architect and the painter felt if they knew after almost 600 years people are still impressed seeing their work...And you know what, men from that era wore very nice leggings
Next stop: Firenze! Looking forward to see more nice beards.