I was having a really hard time deciding how to tell all my stories from Europe. I don't want it to drag on forever but there are just so many things I want to share! I decided to start Italy & Greece from A to Z. I'll go in alphabetical order and pick a picture with something that starts with the letter that we're on and I'll tell the story behind it. But don't worry, it won't be 26 days straight of Europe stories. Promise.
location // Venice, Italy
It's what you've all been waiting for: Europe pt. 2! Out of all of the places that I went to, Venice takes the cake for having the most bridges. So if you're a bridge enthusiast of any kind, I would recommend Venice!
The first taste of them that I got was when we took a mini-walking tour of the Italian islands. Our guide told us that every time we crossed a bridge, we were on a new island, which for some reason, I thought was really cool!
One of my favorite things about the Venetian bridges was that all of them were different. Each had its own distinct "personality." The black and white one above was one of my favorites because it just seemed so sophisticated to me. I know, I'm a snob about my bridge preferences, you don't have to tell me.
After our walking tour, you've probably guessed by my spoiler pictures that we took a gondola ride! Unfortunately, my expectations crashed and burned because our gondolier didn't sing to us. What.a.bummer.
A few times, I was honestly concerned that we were going to tip as we had been seated extremely unequally weight-wise. Other than that, I really loved the canals of Venice. When you take some of the back canals, everything is so quiet, peaceful, and quaint. I could have stayed for hours.
Can you imagine looking out your bedroom window and having this canal as your view?
Of course, I couldn't show you all these other bridges without showing you the Bridge of Sighs! For those of you who don't know, the Bridge of Sighs is named this because it connects the prison and the interrogation room in the Doge's Palace. As prisoners would cross the bridge, it was said that they would sigh because they knew that they were pretty much walking to their execution.
Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to walk on the bridge. I unknowingly turned around to head out of the Doge's Palace just before the entrance to the bridge. I was so bummed when I found out what I had missed.
Have you ever been to Venice and crossed any of these gorgeous bridges? Do you want to?