|The Grand Canal|
|Everywhere you look, there is beauty...|
|...even the hanging laundry is beautiful. And, I loved seeing it as it was a reminder that there are still Venetians who live here.|
|On our way to the island of Murano to see the glass-makers. It was fun to experience the canals of Venice in a boat.|
|Frittura mista de pesce or mixed fried fish is a speciality in Venice. We had this, as well as fantastic pizza and prosecco on our last night in Italy.|
As you can tell, I fell under Venice's spell, unfortunately, many other people wanted to experience Venice at the same time as us. We were lucky enough to stay at a friend's apartment and I asked her how she felt about the throngs of tourists. She said that Venetians have mixed feelings about the tourists: on the one hand they need us to survive, as Venice's economy is intrinsically linked to tourism but on the other hand, sometimes, as she said: "you just want to get to where you're going without fighting your way through hordes of people." Oh well, I get what she's saying but I still intend to return to Venice someday.