“I cannot write about Venice; I can only write about me, and the sleeping parts of myself that Venice has shocked into wakefulness.”
― Jessica Zafra,
Want to know what the definition of perfection is? A roster that reads a double Bologna followed by a triple Venice. An entire month spent in the land of fine food and fine wine surrounded by history and a summer breeze.
As cabin crew there are destination we live for and mine is Venezia. Where every step is a footprint left in history and every building tells a story.
Our first mission was to find the famous cappelli per gondolier by Giuliana Longo to wear on the Gondola to keep the high Venice sun out of our face as we rowed back and forth along the Grand Canal.
With our hats acquired we set out to find the perfect Gondola.
Knowing what I did about the bright colours of Venice I wanted to wear one of my favorite summer dresses by Calvin Klein. Looking back there was no better choice than the one I brought with me!
We found Luka just as he was coming back from his quick coffee and when he called out ‘Bella, Bella!” I knew I wanted to spend the next hour with him.
Luka spent the next hour trading history with me, playing photographer, and crooning Italian lullabies.
It was hard not to feel broken inside when the sun began to set and the fairytale drew to a conclusion.
It wasn’t long before I came back to Venice in search of food and fine wine!
I discovered the water taxis on my last visit and am an absolute fan. I don’t care how expensive they are every budget can fit this in as it saves your poor feet an endless trek in the sun. Did I mention the view from the canal is to die for?
I took a taxi straight to San Marco to have a coffee in one of the oldest cafes in the world, the famous Caffè Florian established in 1720!
After my coffee I decided to walk along the square in search of a meal.
The best part of Venice can easily be found is one asks the locals. With written directions like this obviously an adventure is around the corner: Go down the dodgy alley, turn left at the graffiti, you will loose the sunlight but keep straight, and you will find yourself next to the lion. Keep straight for the best hidden secret in all of Venezia.
I found the lion and then nearby I found the coolest bar in the world. According to Lorenzo the bar tender it was once an 14th century old wine cellar. Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of the inside but I did get a photograph of the best wine I have ever had.
I spent my afternoon with a glass in hand watching the boats come and go.
When the sun began to set and food was on the mind Lorenzo gave me directions to a local place to eat.
Down the dodgy alley, past the tourist, across two bridges, and left at another lion. When I arrived at the shop I asked for Marco and the best table!
This is the slice of heaven they gave me:
Funny enough at the top right hand side of the above photo was the same place I had spent my afternoon.
And as the sun began to sink behind the lavender clouds of Venice the sad truth became clear. It was time for a water taxi home.
No tears for this world traveler a quick stop back in Dubai and 36 hours later I would be back in the land I love!