If there’s a place on earth that looks too much like a fairy tale, its probably Venice.
Can you imagine? A city on the water, between houses lays the ocean, with people singing, paddling through the alleys. How romantic.
We arrived Venice around noon, it was a perfect sunny day, but in our mind, it was thunder storm. We did not have a hotel room yet. Sitting in front of the Santa Lucia Station, we opened out laptops, starting to go through all the booking websites, wondering if we will end up sleeping on the streets today.
During vacation period, Venice is pretty much packed with tourists from all over the world. Finding a room when you have just arrived? Tough choice (Or I should say brave). The cheaper room were mostly occupied, and the high-end ones were just exceeding our budget. After calls and calls, fortunately, we finally had a room just few steps into the alley by the main road, where we stayed for the next three days, and even more luckily, we had a giant balcony in front of our room! There is a slang in Chinese which we say “You’ll eventually cross the bridge when coming to it.” which pretty much means “Everything will eventually work out.”, and I always thought that this my philosophy for traveling, hahaha.
On our way to Venice, you flipped through your book and told me that Venice is a city with no wheels, any transportations on road with wheels are not allowed. I thought it was rather interesting, and continually faded in to my daydream of this mysterious city.
On the streets of Venice, tourists occupied most of the space. The sun continued to spread its Italian style welcome, passionately burning us up. People with their sunglasses, vacation-style clothing, carefree smiles, the joy of holiday spreads in the air. As I wandered through the streets, I just couldn’t help myself from stepping in to each store there were. Mask shops, glass stores, Jewelry stores, ice creams shops (most importantly), fruits stalls. Everything looked so insanely adorable on this island, its history and its present, all combining together and creates this exotic summer magic.
Venice is more like a maze rather than a city, each corner is full of surprises. But, as we all know, the real surprises are never on the streets. The sky reflected on the canals in between those colourful Venetian style houses, creating a picture so fascinating. I liked to linger on each bridge that I passed by, stare at all the different sceneries from different corners, taking pictures, and more pictures. Sometimes you can see gondolas passing through right underneath where you’re standing. It’s the dreamy picture of venice that I have always been dreaming of.
I still remember the fruit stall that we passed by while getting lost, looking at all the colourful fruits can just be so exciting for a fruit lover like me,so of course we stopped for a little fruit shopping. You soon spotted those cute red little chillies at the upright corner of the stall, and for a spicy-food-addict like you, I could just see how much you wanted to try them out. A owner of the stall soon came to you and explained that this type if chilli is hot pepper, which is very very VERY spicy, and you doubted it, since all the spicy food that we had in Europe weren’t really meeting your standard of “spiciness”. Eventually you decided to buy half bunch of it, and after we said goodbye to the cute owner, you just couldn’t wait to have a small bite of it.
I can just still remember so clearly how your face looked like (pretty much all twisted) after you had that bite of hot pepper. It’s a look that shows “Holy sh*t this is really damn spicy.” For me I just couldn’t stop laughing and took as many pictures of your deeply-in-pain face as possible. About a minute later, the owner of the stall suddenly caught us up, holding a date is his hand and passed it to you, “I thought you would need this, because that chilli is really spicy……”
That was probably the cutest story from our Venice trip that I will always remember. And about the hot pepper? It stayed at the bottom of your bag till the end of our trip as I remembered…..
First day of venice was pretty much about getting lost (both in the stores and on the streets), yet to have a clearer vision of the city to plan on our water bus trip to Lido island the next day.
We stopped by the canal and watched the sunset for quite a while, the water was reflected orange, creating such a vivid picture with all the venetian-style colourful houses along side. Grabbing some berries and grapes from the stall, with pizza and a bottle of wine bought on the way back, we sat on our balcony and enjoyed a little quietness away from the noisy streets of Venizia.