No words for Italy! Okay, actually many words. Beautiful, magical, breath-taking, etc. A bit comical, how often my mouth formed “oooh’s” at how lovely everything was. Venice is so picturesque, and it truly was like getting lost in a Narnia/Renaissance time warp, where there are no honking cars, but just windy alleys, canals, and boats. I’m already itching to go back, but this time with my family and Garrett in tow! Some of my favorite memories:
1. Our first meal in Italy. Malerie and I went to different vendors at the Rialto Market, picking out grapes, tomatoes, and watermelon slices, then a cheese shop, bakery, and butcher, to have a delicious picnic feast on a dock overlooking the Grand Canal. Best burrata and tomatoes I’ve ever had!
2. San Polo and Dorsoduro neighborhoods in Venice. At some moments, it was completely empty and quiet, which added even more to the magic and charm of Venizia. Had a most amazing lunch in a restaurant in Dorsoduro, where I had the most incredible vongole!
3. Riding the vaporettos, or the water taxis. The perfect (and cheaper) way to ride along the Grand Canal!
4. Udine. An instagram of mine was picked as an Editor’s Choice for Everlane’s #whereitravel series. (Here!) What a huge honor! Here’s the story I sent over to one of the editors on Udine, and my photo:
“The photo was to commemorate the incredible time I had in Udine, a tiny town in Northern Italy just a two-hour train ride from Venice, where we were visiting for the weekend. I had never even heard of Udine until my traveling companion suggested we visit his friend, Daniele, who was home for the summer. They had met during French school in Lyon, so most of our conversations consisted of a fun amalgamation of French, Italian, and English. Daniele, in true form of Italian hospitality, took us to a town-wide party celebrating everyone born in a year ending with the number three. We came famished, but left happily full of the overflowing prosecco, honey grappa, grilled polenta, and delicious pollo. We even got our dancing shoes on, shimmy-ing and shaking with locals young and old, thanks to the live band playing everything from Italian folk songs to David Guetta. The Italians know how to celebrate! Come 2AM, we were exhausted and ready to head back home, but some shooting stars decided to make an appearance, making an amazing night even better. Needless to say, Udine was enchanting.”