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Thursday, 9 February 2017

Year Abroad Photo Diary: Venezia

Last October I was fortunate enough to get to visit Venice in Italy. One of the girls on the erasmus course had brought her car with her to Bergamo and was happy to drive us there, so we all worked out the cost of the fuel/parking etc and set off! We set off pretty early as Venice is about 2/2.5 hours away from Bergamo and we wanted to make the most of our day. To be honest, it was a very dull day and possibly not as beautiful as I had imagined, but I was very impressed regardless!
I had always wanted to go to Venice as, from photos, I thought it seemed like such a beautiful place and the idea of a city on water fascinated me. I have a bit of an obsession with old buildings, particularly old Italian buildings, and Venice absolutely did not disappoint! We arrived at a carpark not far from Venice then took a monorail into Venice itself. This cost very little (I cannot remember the exact price but I remember being shocked at how cheap it was) and took barely any time.
As we were all students we made the unanimous decision to spend as little as possible on food/drink so that we had a bit of money left to buy souvenirs. We brought our own food with us and then later when we were hungry we had 'arancini' which is basically like a fried ball-shaped food filled with rice, cheese and sometimes ragu or prawns. It sounds kind of grim but it is honestly nice! I would say this was a good idea as although the places did not seem stupidly expensive, I am sure that to feed yourself for a day or a weekend in Venice it would get very very pricey!

We didn't really have a set agenda for the day; we knew we just wanted to wander round and see some of the main sites. I kinda wanted to hire a gondola but it was about €100 for half an hour which to me is a bit of a rip off... especially since the day was miserable and it kept threatening to rain. So many people have said how disappointed they were with Venice and that it was actually a bit of a mess but I couldn't disagree more! I loved wandering down the little back streets and having the whole day to discover everything. I would say that if you're not prepared to walk a lot then maybe this isn't the place for you, as we literally walked all day... but then again if you were staying for a whole weekend you would be able to do this at a much more leisurely pace! I felt that a day was more than enough for me to fully experience the place but I would be interested to go back in the summer when the weather is better (apparently it does stink in summer though... I don't know how true that is but it is what I have been told...)

Yes, we did go to Lush in Venice... and no it was no different to Lush in Preston! But the gelato was amazing; I had one with tiramasu and a sort of biscuit-cream one and it was amaaaazing. I can't remember the name of the place we got the gelato but it was basically opposite Lush. 

I couldn't really recommend any particular food or drink places to visit as a) I didn't go to many and b) the ones I did go to I didn't actually get the name of... however I would definitely recommend it to anyone thinking about going! I bought a venetian style mask from one of the shops which cost me around €3 and is lovely as a keepsake! I am definitely going to plan to visit again during my year abroad. 

Lauren Gibbins
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