Ciao readers! It’s been a while since my last post, but I am back to write about my return to Venice! I did go to Venice for Carnival in February, but with the recent visit of my parents in Italy I agreed to face it once again. My dad had already been to Italy years ago, but my mother had not. So although I had visited Venice already, I was willing to back again. I am so glad I went back, this experience was completely different. My visit in February was all about Carnival, whereas this visit was focused on Venice itself. Although this time the weather didn’t hold up. I taught my parents how to make the best of it & we powered through.
For my last visit, Kara & I stayed in a hotel far from the action, whereas this time around the Litts stayed in an airbnb in the hustle & bustle of Venice. I was also stoked to find that our airbnb had a dog! I love animals =)
I did a lot more sightseeing this time around, which was wonderful. I was able to actually see Venice. The water was so beautiful. However, I can’t lie you WILL get lost in Venice. The water creates dead ends like its nobodies business. Thank goodness for technology! When we really did find ourselves in a pickle, I would guide us in the right direction with the help of my handy dandy google maps app on my iPhone. I really would recommend having a phone plan that allows for data usage because I seem to use it time and time again.
We visited St. Marco’s square & the Rialto bridge. Both were jampacked, tourists everywhere. In my opinion though I still think Rome takes the cake for having the utmost tourists. We went to a produce market, as well as a fish market near the Rialto. I must say how much I love all of the food markets in Italy. Food is so fresh here, so it is so cool to see row after row of fresh food. As much as I am hungering for some of my American staples, we sure do love to make room for unnecessary additives in our food. So I am enjoying EATALY. This market was wonderful. I even ran into 3 fellow Unicatt students during this adventure!
There are also dogs EVERYWHERE! Italy has leash laws that differ greatly from America.
Another great experience was the Vaporetto ride around the grand canal. It was very lengthy, we happened to somehow take the wrong boats. But it was very relaxing (and cold) along the water. I would highly recommend Vaporetti rides for those who plan to visit Venice.
As a Jewish family I was very glad that we got to visit the Jewish Ghetto in Venice. It was very powerful walking around the Jewish quarter. Italy being a very Catholic country, I felt very comforted being surrounded by all things Jewish. We visited a Chabad, and met the rabbi. Being so involved in Chabad & Jewish life at New Paltz, this was a taste of Jew Paltz for me. There were even Kosher places to eat around the Jewish Quarter. I do hope to see more WW2 sights around Europe with my future travels. Visiting the Jewish Quarter with my parents made that a special experience for us to share together. Judaism has always been a big part of our family, especially having my older sister living abroad in Israel.
My parents & I returned to Milan on Sunday. Now my parents are off in Rome while I continue on with classes. I hope they have a safe trip back to America! Till the next adventure!