This is the next instalment of my Special Moments, Magic Memories series for the 2022 A to Z Blog Challenge.
See what I did there? Today is W on everyone else’s calendar while I covered it on Anzac Day so for me today is V. I don’t know about anyone else but as we near the end of A to Z 2022, I’m getting Very Weary! Thank you to all my readers who’ve journeyed along with me. In my plan, today was going to have another focus rather than travel. However, I realised that Visiting Venice has provided real wow moments for our whole family over the years. Consensus is that Venice has been on the travel agenda in 1974, 1977, 1989 and 2018. In fact, this week four years ago, we had just flown home from Venice and I was sick as a dog with a flu that meant I had to recruit my mate TravelGenee to take over my planned talk on Writing your family history. Mates are great!
When our children travelled to Europe with us, Venice was “top of the pops” for their visiting list and it didn’t let them down. I clearly remember DD1 jumping up and down with excitement while DD2 just stared in amazement – she even overcame her urge to throw money into any body of water. And Venice is perfect for small children who get tired and overwhelmed as there’s a bountiful supply of pigeons to send them off to chase and thus let off steam. Luckily we have Super 8 movies from this trip now digitised. DD3, on a later trip, had a very similar excited reaction and her Venezia sweatshirt was a favourite for as long as it fitted her. She was less keen on her Hitchcock moment when she threw grain to the pigeons!
I wrote about the kids’ 1977 European adventures here if you’re interested.
We’ve become huge fans of Donna Leon’s books about the Venetian police officer, Brunetti so I was looking forward to exploring some of the places mentioned in the books. They are not so much who-dunnits as an insight into living in Venice. The most recent book focuses on the changes since Covid depleted the tourist avalanche.
I was so disappointed to be sick during our most recent visit. Three things were different for us on this trip: for the first time we stayed in the centre of Venice rather than Mestre; we arrived by plane from Barcelona via Rome, rather than train; and we committed the financial “sin” of having coffee right on the Grand Canal <gasp>. We did get to Burano on the final day, as I was feeling a bit better having spent the previous day in bed. Sadly, Mr Cassmob had even had to take himself off to a concert without me but he coped <smile>. It was fun being able to walk to San Marco, and see the area with fewer tourists/crowds. We had dinner a couple of times at a little place nearby, beside a canal. And from our bedroom window we could see and hear the gondoliers taking their passengers up the tiny canal. True to one travel plan, we have never yet been in a gondola, though I have a photo of mum and dad on one.
Have you visited Venice? What was your favourite experience?
Does reading a book about a place make you want to visit there, even if it’s not famous?