As a child my interest in the world outside of rural Scotland was primarily directed by the books and films I read and watched and the most influential of these was The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke (as well as the amazing film adaption – starring the very young Aaron Taylor-Johnson and George McKay). For years I dreamed of running about the many side streets of Venice, living in an old fashioned Italian cinema and riding water taxis. Over time I grew up and started properly researching Venice, oh the wonder of the internet – more specifically WiFi as dial up was so diresome – eagerly waiting for the day I could realize my dreams and visit the city. So when my family decided to spend a week in June/July in the Venetian Rivera I simply had no option but to crash the holiday and insist we visit Venice (they were fairly easy to convince).
Approaching the city on a ferry was an amazing (if slightly chilly) experience and of course I spent the journey taking a ridiculous number of photos on my camera and iphone as I am the designated family holiday photographer (though for this reason the majority of holiday photos of me are selfies).
To my disappointment I spent the entirety of our time in Venice on dry land, no gondolas or water taxis for my family (my sisters’ aren’t the biggest fans of boats and threw up enough of fuss over the ferry). Although by not having completed my rather cliched Venice bucket list (more about this later) I do feel that another trip the city is definitely in order.
Like the stereotypical tourists we are number one on our to do list for Venice was to visit St. Mark’s Square, yes partly for the role it plays in The Thief Lord, and were fortunate to have arrived early enough in the day it was not heaving with tourists and pigeons (not a big fan of winged rats). After surveying St Mark’s and deciding that spending two hours of our eight hours queuing to see the Basilica was probably not the greatest of plans (another excuse to return to the city though) we headed off to explore the numerous small streets that make up the centre of the city and to eat our fair share of gelato (no pictures of this as we all eat our ice cream pretty darn fast).
These side streets and bridges made for some amazing photos and some interesting routes in getting across the city, especially with the ‘no boat’ rule. Masks were purchased, pizza was eaten and overall our day in Venice left me wanting so much more (especially considering I am still to ride in a gondola). Venice you have my heart, maybe someday I’ll return and get it back…