Morning Peaches! Here is my little Venice recap. It won’t be too long because I am actually returning to Venice next week with my family!!! I am so stoked that they are flying in to Italy this morning as we speak, I have to sit through a whole day of classes and hop on a train to meet them in Rome, where we will spend a weekend there, then head back here to Florence so they can see what my life is like here and then we will end together in Venice. Man, I miss them so much, it is going to be so hard to sit through school the whole day I can’t wait to see them.
Anyways, as some of you know (via Instagram and Facebook) I was in Venice almost two weeks ago now and it was absolutely beautiful and charming. There is just something about being in a city where cars are not permitted. No sounds of horns or traffic just boat engines, which I will take that noise any day. I actually was in Venice for school which was really cool because I think I got to do things that I would not have really done otherwise. We visited many art galleries and other exhibits. We started off our trip to Venice by visiting the workshop of a famous Venice Costume Designer, Stefano Nicolao. Whose works have been seen in Titanic, Pirates of the Caribbean, Twilight, and so much more. We continued on to a mask artisan’s workshop because Venice is most known for their beautiful masks, especially used for Carnivale times but are really seen in shops year round. We learned a lot about the history and the meaning and significants of each mask. That ended our schedule for the first day so my friends and I enjoyed a dinner filled with pizza, and pasta, and wine of course. My daily diet since being here in Italy.
The second day, we visited two other art galleries. The first one, my favorite, is one of Venice’s hidden gems- La Biennale di Venezia. This isn’t exactly always on tour guides list of top things to see, but it was incredible and very moving. This is an international art exhibition that hosts buildings or pavilions to represent a certain number of countries that projects “all the world’s future.” I hear some people spend multiple days at this exhibition so all though we only had a few hours and only got around to a few buildings, my all time favorite building was Japan’s. Below is stunning work by Chiharu Shiota, called The Key in the Hand. According to Japanese myth, the gods tie an invisible red cord around the little finger of those who are destined to meet one another or even help each other in a certain way. Also, each key represents a moment or memory in someone’s life since keys are usually attached to things close to us such as our first apartments or homes, or our vehicles that take us from one point to the next in our lives.
Ultimately, it was an awesome trip and I couldn’t have asked for much more. I showed up prepared for high tide because we were warned that this time of year this is usually true. The water can reach up to past your knees but we were pleasantly surprised with perfect weather and low waters. In the outfit below I wore an orange, mega-comfy cardigan/poncho from H&M, along with a hat from H&M as well and rain boots that I found at a little Italian shop in Florence. Oh also, really quick…I found this super cute purse from the San Lorenzo market in Florence but I’ll probably post more about it in the future! I can’t wait to return with my family in no more than a few days!