02.07.2012 43 °C
The sun beats down on me, my vision becomes hazy and heat rings through my head into my ear. With every step I take on the this hot cobblestone, a warm, salty drip of sweat trickles down my cheek, dripping off my chin and briefly hitting my sore toes before sliding down to the ground. My feet are craving a break. They want tof be dunked in cool, refreshing water. I want to be dunked in cool, refreshing water.
We thought the weather in Milan was hot...then we got to Venice.
Despite the scorching heat, and the thin layer of sweat permanently dancing on my skin, I've absolutely fallen in love with Venice. It's so different than any other city I've seen. There are no cars or motorcycles zooming by. In fact, there are no roads at all. Just canals filled with boat taxis, gondolas and shipping boats. To get around the city, we walk. Tiny, narrow little alleys, surrounded by tall, colourful apartments almost give this city a maze-ish feel. Then we'll randomly hit an open city square, decorated by an impressive statue or intricate cathedral smack-dab in its center. It really is something else.
Rick Steeves was right when he said you need to take breaks here, though. When the heat becomes unbearable, Jamie and I find a spot next to the water, buy ourselves a glass of wine and read our books. I gotta say, my book.. you know the one CBC Radio said was too riské... is getting pretty steamy. So if you're looking for more heat this summer, Fifty Shades of Grey is pretty darn spicy. Almost too spicy, even. Here was our favourite reading spot ..
When we're not taking in the city by sight, we're taking it in by taste. From pizza to pasta and clams to gelato. I think we've had it all. Well, we've tried to anyway. And based on the snugness of my shorts, it'll probably start to show eventually. But that's okay. I've decided to live a little and try as many different things as I can... I'll probably regret that decision when I come home and weigh myself hahaa. We've visited some restaurants based on Rick Steves' recommendation, some by local suggestion and others we've discovered on our own. Out of all the restaurants we've been to in Venice, there's been one restaurant that has really stood out. I would even go so far as to say that it is the best restaurant I've visited on the entire trip. Maybe even, the best restaurant I've been to.. ever. It's quaint, it's friendly, and the food is friggin outstanding. Like really, really good. There are no more than four tables and one waitress, and the menu is posted to the wall for everyone to see. Our reactions after every meal go something like this: Jamie wiping a tear of joy from my eye...
That clip was taken at Osteria Al Portego just a few short hours ago. Our last meal here. Our last full day here, in fact. We planned to end Venice with a bang by getting up early, taking a boat to Murano, to Burano and then back to the main island for dinner. We did exactly that, excluding the waking up early part. Burano has been, by far, my favourite city up to date. It's just like mainland Venice in that there are but water canals and bridges connecting every walkway, but completely different at the same time. The buildings are so colorful - painted lime green and bright yellow - and there are actual trees on the island. Parks of green grass over looking the water. That's one thing you can't find on Venice's main island. Jamie and I spent a good part of our day today laying in the grass, overlooking the water. It was nice.
Tomorrow we leave for Florence. And I can't wait.