When people ask me which city was the most interesting to visit during #FLEuro2016, I tell them it was Venice.
Venice was like something out of a storybook. Out of all the cities we went to, it was the only one that had no cars or bicycles anywhere. The boat transportation system and maze-like canals made the city seem magical and special. It is truly a city like no other.
Aside from the non-existence of cars and bicycles, street signs seemed to disappear altogether as well. Whenever we asked for directions, we’d get something like “3 left turns and a quick right”. Nobody knew the actual address to anywhere, making the city seem even more mysterious and intriguing.
Colorful glass jewelry and intricate mask shops decorate the cobblestone streets of main squares, and if you head over to the colorful Murano and Burano islands, you begin to wonder if Venice is actually real. How does a city so different still exist?
But nothing compared to the sunset I saw on the first day we arrived into Venice.
On the train to Venice, I watched as trees and well, land, quickly morph into a water landscape. It was as if our train was floating on top of the ocean like Spirited Away. From the city itself, you can see the hints of a train track disappear into a horizon that stretches on infinitely. After following the setting sun and walking to the edge of the city, Fatima and I were greeted with a blazing horizon illuminating a gradient of yellow, orange, pink, and red.
It felt like we were on the edge of the world, or maybe a new one entirely.
Broaden your horizons. They’re the only ones you’ll ever have, so make the suckers as wide as possible.
― Jennifer Crusie, Anyone But You