Sad story: We lost our camera in Venice. It was a hot, miserable day and our hotel was out in the middle of nowhere. It took us 3 hours to find it, which meant we had to take a few breaks because the heat was so unbearable…it just so happens that on one of those breaks, I stupidly set the camera down and forgot to pick it back up. Not a great start to our trip.
After we got to our hotel, I was feeling so shitty about it that I didn’t even bother to go out into the city our first night, but I decided that one night of sulking was enough. Camera or no camera, we had come to see Venice.
It was hot, crowded, and beautiful. I did my best to capture it with some grainy Kindle Fire shots, but of course, they don’t do it any justice. We arrived with no itinerary and we definitely didn’t want to fork out the cash for an overpriced gondola ride – especially since we now had a camera to replace. Instead, we simply wandered through the alleys, stopping for the occasional gelato to try and beat the heat.
So where to begin with Venice… It’s a tourist trap for sure, albeit a beautiful one. It’s also possible that my experience was a little tainted due to having lost our camera. I definitely couldn’t imagine spending more than a couple days there, but I certainly don’t regret going…especially when considering it may not be around much longer. My advice? Don’t go in July. Wait for the off-season to avoid the crowds and the sweltering heat.