2019.5.21 - selfie, the rumps, near polz
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Venice, Italy

After just a week at home in the UK, I was jetting off once again to Venice! Venice is one of my favourite places and a city I find so fascinating. So, when I found out I would be returning with my family, I was over the moon.

If you don’t already know, Venice is made up of more than 100 small islands in a lagoon just off of mainland Italy. There are no cars or roadways, just canals and boats. It's home to many amazing palaces, the most incredible architecture and endless maze-like alleys and small squares.

As we were staying on the Lido (an island just off from Venice itself), our journey was a bit of a here, there and everywhere mission. Plane to boat. Boat to bus. So the relief when we finally got to our hotel was unfathomable. However, we got to see all of the sights, meet some of the friendly Venetians (more like get help from them) and really experience the place on our very first evening.

What’s so good about staying on the Lido is that is has a beach and you can really chill out. Unlike Venice, there are roads, cars and other vehicles, but it’s still a lot quieter. Plus, the architecture is just as cool in some places and there’s a lot more greenery.

The next morning, we were up in time for breakfast and we were ready for the day ahead of us. The hotel’s free shuttle bus took us to where we could get a boat, and a boat took us to Venice. In fact, it took us right to St Mark’s Square – the first point of interest on our list.

Here, we could see the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and Saint Mark’s Basilica. In the square is also a tower you can go up for panoramic views but we saved that for another day along with going inside all of the historical buildings. Instead, we did a bit of souvenir shopping, stopped at many cafés and simply took it all in.