Italy

Venice, the City of

I was thinking of how I should describe Venice as a single term – Venice, the City of...

So I did a Google search. And there emerged these terms – Venice, the City of Love, City of Canals, City of Waters, City of Masks, City of Bridges, The Floating City

Wow, so many names. And I thought, why can’t people seem to agree on a single term for Venice?

And then looking through my photos again, I understood why.

Echoing my mum’s thoughts, this city just seems unreal. A place that doesn’t fit into our concept of a city, especially if you live in an urban jungle.

So how should I describe Venice in my own terms? Perhaps, I shall let my photos do the talking first…

First glimpses…

Still air-borne as we approached Venice. This was 1 of the mountain ranges in Europe.
Still air-borne as we approached Venice. This was 1 of the mountain ranges in Europe.
Despite the overnight flight n time difference, the family was still in high spirits as we boarded the water taxi
Despite the overnight flight n time difference, the family was still in high spirits as we boarded the water taxi
First glimpse of the City of Waters
First glimpse of the City of Waters
Docking at our stop, surrounded by waters of course
Docking at our stop, surrounded by waters of course
Gondolas just outside our accom. Unlike the touristy gondolas, these are gondolas that the locals use to get across the waters.
Gondolas just outside our accom. Unlike the touristy gondolas, these are gondolas that the locals use to get across the waters.
Our Airbnb host leading us to our accom
Our Airbnb host leading us to our accom
Our cosy abode
Our cosy and tastefully decorated abode
Small but well-equipped kitchen where we whipped up a meal from goods bought from the local supermarket (yes, Venice has supermarkets!).
Small but well-equipped kitchen where we whipped up a meal from goods bought from the local supermarket (yes, Venice has supermarkets!).

The alleys…

Seeing Venice as the City of Canals as soon as we walked out of our accom
Seeing Venice as the City of Canals as soon as we walked out of our accom
Discovering the many art shops in the alleys
Discovering the many art shops in the alleys
Venice the City of Masks
Venice the City of Masks
Our 1st meal in Italy. Unfortunately, it was nothing to shout about. We had our best Italian meal in Rome - hold up for that!
Our 1st meal in Italy. Unfortunately, it was nothing to shout about. We found our best Italian meal in Rome – hold up for that!
Walking through the alleys again
Mum looking thoughtful
Stopping by the marketplace to get a pair of gloves. It was freezing!
Stopping by the marketplace to get a pair of gloves. It was freezing!

The architecture…

St Mark's Square. Don't they look cute here? Heh
St Mark’s Square. Managing bright smiles despite fatigue and jetlag.
Doge Palace
Doge Palace
St Mark's Basilica
St Mark’s Basilica
Now you can see why Venice is also the City of Love? Awww...
Now you can see why Venice is also the City of Love? Awww…
Don't forget sibling love too!
Don’t forget sibling love too!
..Or parent-child love..
..Or parent-child love..
..Or just family love :)
..Or just family love 🙂

Final glimpses

The City of Bridges
The City of Bridges
Arrivederci Venezia
Arrivederci Venezia

So how could you possibly narrow down Venice to a single name? Of waters, bridges, canals, love and masks, I find Venice is all of these and more.

Because Venice has so much character that a single name just cannot fully describe it.

So if I have to really to use my own terms, Venice is the city of the surreal for me – with land being scarce to waters, gondolas gliding through the canals and under the bridges, and with classical architecture lining the waterfront, Venice is like a city in its own world.

And then perhaps, I should describe Venice as simply, the City of… Venice, because there is no other city like it.

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