We've been back from Europe for about two weeks now. It's been so nice to be home, getting back in a solid routine & having our dog with us again! As nice as it is to be home, on Sunday, I head back above the clouds to Iceland for the week. I'll be shooting an elopement (for an awesome Tulsa couple!) and one of my best friends, Brittany is coming with me! I am so stinking excited, but dreading being away from Charles for a week (I'm pathetic, I know.) I'm currently camped out at Cirque Coffee and prepping all of my blog posts for the next month, while I wait for a wedding to export onto my hard drive. Without further ado-- here are some of our memories from Venice, Italy!
Walking into Venice for the first time was truly like stepping into a dream for me. My family had an oil painting of a Venice canal on our walls growing up & I always remember dreaming what a place so magical-- no cars, just boats!-- must be like. We arrived on a Monday night & walked over a bridge that led us to a residential neighborhood with zero tourists, it was magic. I was so giddy, I felt like a little kid at Disney World for the first time. We kept saying "people who say Rome is romantic have never been to Venice!" Which was us-- two days before, lol! The little canals and walkways were just pure magic. We spent our first night just walking, looking in awe, and eating Chinese food.
We stayed in the coolest Airbnb just outside of Venice. This Airbnb was the first shared space we'd ever stayed in, but the hosts truly set it up like a bed and breakfast, making each room feel like its own little hotel room. It was perfect. The week before we were in Rome & feeling pretty homesick, so it was incredibly nice to have a space that we could just unwind and relax in, it felt like home. At the end of the post, I will post the link to our Airbnb for those of you who have asked for it. Like I mentioned before, its just outside of Venice, but its a quick bus ride to the city.
Let me say that while the pockets that aren't touristy are amazing, the pockets that are touristy are kind of awful. They're jam packed with people, waiters are trying to make you eat at their restaurants, and souvenir booths line the streets so you cant even see the amazing buildings. We lucked out because our Airbnb came with a map (made my our hosts) of really good, local places to eat & things to see. (Another reason why I would highly recommend staying there!)
In a later post & I will link the places we enjoyed eating & seeing, but for now, here are some of our favorite photos from the trip!