"If you read a lot, nothing is as great as you’ve imagined.
Venice is -- Venice is better.” [Fran Lebowitz]
I totally agree. And judging by the passenger comments we overheard from all those who were gathered on the upper deck as our ship cruised into port this morning, so does everyone else.
“It’s absolutely our favorite place on the planet!”
And then the quote that kept popping into my mind was borrowed from the Stein Mart advertisement that proclaims, “Once you go you get it!” Yes, we’d been there once before, but had always, always dreamed and discussed going back. It’s that great, at least for us. It’s captivating for so many reasons and I’ll try to explain just a few, but first, a bit about our arrival
When our sacred time in the Piazza came to an end, sigh, we returned to the ship to begin the departure process, that being the packing, sorting, repacking of our entire three-week wardrobe and the few travel treasures we had managed to acquire on this journey. We had wisely chosen to save our gondola ride for the evening when we felt the romance and charm of the canals could best be enjoyed, and that promise did not disappoint. Yes, it’s touristy but hey, we are what we are. And anyone who thinks they’re above not taking a gondola when in Venice is most likely the same person who thinks Venice is over rated. It’s not. As mentioned in that opening quote, seeing Venice in person far surpasses your best effort at imagining what it is via the picture books.
And even though we were disembarking early in the morning, there was no question that husband and I would be wining, dining, and dancing one last time until the ship’s nightlife was lights out. After all, we take our la dolce vita quite seriously!