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Our Trip To Italy

Our Trip To Italy


Let me preface this by saying, I really had a hard time deciding from all my photos, what to post and what not so post. So if you're craving more, drop a note a let me know! Because I have plenty more to share!

That’s right, I’m finally posting about our trip to Italy! I have a couple more detailed posts coming after this one, but I wanted this to be a little more informal and a lot more photos. Let me start by saying this though, my husband planned this whole thing as a complete surprise. He told me one week before we were to leave and I cried when he told me. You see, Venice has been one of the top items on my not-so-long bucket list and my husband knew that. I never really thought we would go until we were older, the kids were grown sort of thing. But no, the love of my life planned a romantic trip for us to get away and to none other than Venice, Italy! With a day in London and Florence! He can leave his dirty dishes all over the house for a while in my opinion *winks*.

Anywho, we spent 6 wonderful days on this trip, three of which were in Venice, one in Florence, and a layover day in London. The flights there were a bit grueling but that was a-ok in my book. It was an 8-hour direct flight to London and then another 2-hour flight to Venice. Our day in London was all because of an 8 hour layover, so instead of sitting in Heathrow we jumped in an Uber and wandered around. First stop was King’s Cross Station, yes we are that nerdy! We had to go see platform 9 ¾ and make out Harry Potter pilgrimage. Sadly the line was wicked long and we were not in the mood to stand in it, so we observed and took a stealthy photo of the trolley and were on our way. Next we went to get some Fish and Chips near Big Ben, then to Westminster Abbey. Talk about a beautiful church, but you’re not allowed to take photos inside… after that we happened upon St. James park and it was beyond gorgeous. Spring has hit there and there were crocuses and daffodils popping up in the grass, they were so thick they looked like carpets of flowers. By the time we were done there, and had walked outside of Buckingham Palace it was time to head back to the airport to go to Venice.

St. James' Park

St. James' Park

Westminister Abbey

Westminister Abbey

 

We landed in Venice at about 10:30 so we were rather tired and went straight to the hotel. But the next day we woke up and spent the day wandering the streets, taking it all in. on Day two we did the tourist thing and saw all the sights, went in the churches and museums, ate a lot of food and gelato… and wine.

We had coffee here on our first morning

We had coffee here on our first morning

The Rialto Bridge

The Rialto Bridge

 

The next portion of our trip was our day in Florence. We took the morning train in and saw all the sights, the Duomo, the David, Ponte Vecchio (the famous bridge), the market, and we took in the view on a rooftop bar that overlooked the Duomo and the rest of the city with the hills behind it. We of course roamed the streets eating gelato and taking in the bustling Tuscany city.

Rooftop bar for wine

Rooftop bar for wine

 

Our last day in Venice we jumped off the main island and went to see three of its surrounding islands: Murano, Burano, and Torcello. This was maybe (it’s hard to tell) my favorite thing we did. I LOVED Venice, but there was something about these sleepy little lagoon towns that pulled at my heartstrings. Murano is famous for their blown glass, ever heard of Murano glass? Well this is where it comes from. The streets here were lined with little shops selling the glass work, and their similar canals were lined with boats. Burano is famous for their lace making, and it is said to be the brightest town in the world. Not because of sunny days but because of the buildings. Burano was the main fishing island back in the day and all their buildings are painted in the brightest colors imaginable so that boats could see them from far off. I’m talking hot pinks, bright yellows, and aquamarine blues. I have never seen anything like it, it is a photographers dream! Lastly was Torcello, with only 10 residents on the whole island, you can definitely call this a quiet village. From the dock there is a 10 minute walk up the canal to get to the main area of the “town” which is their church. It is one of the oldest churches in Italy, founded in 639.

Murano Island

Murano Island

Burano Island

Burano Island

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Between all of the adventures, we really took our time taking it all in, soaking up the moments and enjoying our time together. To say it was a magical trip is an understatement and I will forever be grateful to my wonderful husband for planning such an amazing surprise for me.

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