When in Venice
When I first found out that the beautiful JW Marriott Hotel that I was staying at was located on an private island outside of Venice I couldn't help but to feel a bit bummed about not living in the city centre and having such close distance to everything. After I left, I thanked them for not being too central. Getting away from the city and being able to relax on a calm and quiet island, away from the hustle and bustle, is how I like my Venice. I also didn't mind the fact that you felt like you were in a James Bond movie (which is secretly my biggest dream ever) when the beautiful boat that picked you up from the airport pulled into the private hotel entrance on water...
Let's be honest here, Venice looks kind of amazing through photographs you see from everyone visiting – and don't get me wrong, it's an absolutely beautiful city but it's also so incredibly crowded. I mean, I've been to Rome in August so I feel as though I've done a crazy packed city in scorching heat before but this was something else... Perhaps because the city was smaller and the streets more narrow. Venice has been on my "to visit list" for ages now so I'm very happy that I got the opportunity to do finally discover it but I do think you really need to do your research before going, both in terms of where to eat but also when to visit the city (apparently evening time, when all the cruise ships have left the city, is supposed to be less crowded and absolutely beautiful).
All in all, I'm so happy to have experienced this city and being able to do it in this unique way. I simply adore the Italian colours, tiny little alleyways and the enormous selection of pasta and gelato everywhere you look. It's also impossible to ignore the fact that I just feel a little bit more complete when I hear Italian being spoken... I miss it already. But looking out over Venice from the hotel's gorgeous roof top pool, while sipping an iced drink, is certainly one of the better ways to see this place.