And exhale.

My time in Eastern Italy has come to a halt. 

I spent 5 days in the Portogruaro and visited Venice too. My trip can be summed up by daily bike rides, weird weather and being randomly kissed by a man on the street 

Oh and injuries. So many cuts and bruises that truly exemplify my clumsiness. 

Will divulge into each in a second, I won't leave you hanging.

Dalal from the future here: I'm plucking this post out of the deep depths of my drafts folder and have subsequently been drenched with a strong wave of nostalgia for the summer. Even though we're currently in the deep depths of January I still want to upload this post on my blog as it's a place I've travelled to and well, my blog is some sort of travel diary. Venice was beautiful and quite frankly, I didn't take hundreds of photos to not share them as well as the stories behind them. I'd just like to add that it does feel a bit strange looking at photos of Venice when the season of high flooding or acqua alta is approaching. It's a bit unnerving to think that the city may be fully submerged underwater within my lifetime. I've just had a thought of me telling my kids something like "I was there in the summer of 2018..." as we watch the news report telling us that it's completely sunken.

bit morbid.

I didn't really know what to expect with this trip, I was going to be staying just outside of Venice with two aunts that I didn't really know, I think the last time I had seen them was a whole decade ago.  Despite this, I was so excited to visit which you can probably gather from this post. Aside from slightly falling in love with a guy who was boarding the same flight as me (honestly I don't think I've ever seen someone so attractive in my life) I just had a feeling that this trip would be one of good memories. The decision to actually go to Venice was so last minute, I think I booked the tickets in May? I was browsing Ryanair (this is honestly a real life hobby of mine) and saw that tickets were £55 so you know, it'd be rude not to...

I stayed in Portogruaro and cycled from one aunts house to the other every morning and evening- as gruelling as it was at the time, in retrospect cycling along a little river and being surrounded by greenery and hearing the crickets in the evening was a pretty good way to commute (especially as I've since had to become accustomed with delayed GWR/SWR trains with shitty wifi)

My Italian cousin and I took a train into Venice Santa Lucia station which literally cost us €12 return each. I got to the station and was instantly greeted with an actual swarm of people, so I guess what they say about Venice being full of tourists is 100% true- especially near St Mark's square, the rialto bridge, the bridge of Sighs and surrounding areas.

One thing I'd like to shout out is that VENICE ISN'T EXPENSIVE. Well at least not as much as travel bloggers online say it is. I was expecting to get there and be hit with expense after expense but a massive margarita pizza was €4.50 and our late lunch cost €24 (flirting with the waiter does help knock off some of the cost but still) You honestly just have to use common sense. Of course food in restaurants near landmarks is going to be overpriced but just walking for another 10 minutes means you can find places that are so much more affordable.

The one downfall of the city is that there are barely any toilets. A) you have to pay for the very few public bathrooms or B) you have to go into a restaurant. I was #blessed to have gotten my period just as I arrived in Venice so I had to buy an emergency pack of pads from a random supermarket and then hunt out a bathroom. Who said I don't make #relatable content?

What did I do in Venice?
I don't know if it's the fact that I'm writing this 6 months later but I honestly can't remember doing anything super significant. It was mostly just walking around, taking breaks and sitting by the canals in the backstreets to cool down, wondering if it's legal to swim in the canals (it's not) and just taking it all in. I didn't go into any of the museums nor did I pay €80 for a gondola. I do know that I walked 25km on that day which is saying something. I also spent €40 on a bikini from Oysho, instantly regretted it and returned it only to come back to the UK and order it online because I realised that I actually really liked it.

Aside from Venice, I went to the beach in Caorle so I can tick off the Adriatic sea in my non-existent list of where I've swam...which is a list that I'm now realising a former competitive swimmer should probably have. I also went to a music festival in Portogruaro and (somewhat ironically) tried sushi for the first time. I also had my face pulled in for a kiss by a random Italian man on the street which left me breathless, as you can imagine, and also had me yelling "Viva Italia" shortly after.

So I guess that was Venice for me. I had such a great time and ate a shit ton of pizza and just made a lot of good memories.

And in the very unlikely event that the guy who oh-so-romantically french kissed me is reading this: chiamami.

I hope you liked reading the very disjointed stories from my time in Italy. I've been smiling throughout writing this like a top class twat. Oh the memories :')

Have you ever visited Venice? Would you like to, someday? 
-Dalal

PS: if you want to see more photos from Venice (and other trips) then check out my travel insta page which is linked here

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  1. I honestly got the same vibe when I went to Venice, really not that expensive and super nice to just wonder around and take in! Glad you enjoyed it there hun xxx

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    1. It was a super lovely city and much less uptight than it was made out to be which is always a good thing. I'm glad you liked it too

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  2. Travel blogging is your calling Dalal. This was such a lovely post to read, I love the way you write about your experiences, I feel like I'm actually with you and experiencing it all too. Also, LOVE LOVE LOVE all the pics you took. You've captured Venice so beautifully, I can't

    Venice has never been on my list of places to visit but the way you've spoken and captured it, I think it needs to be! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Ah thanks Fran, travel posts are definitely my favourite posts to compose so perhaps I've found a niche. The light in Venice was -stunning- and it's pretty hard to take a bad photo of the place seeing as it's so stunning all-round. Yess, Venice is definitely one to add to your bucketlist.

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  3. I really liked reading this post Dalal. The pictures are so pretty! I've got a short trip planned there in the Summer, and your account of what an adventure you had has made me even more excited. I'll have to give you my verdict when the time comes!!

    Jade x | www.simplyjadey.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Jade, I'm glad you liked it. That's so exciting! You'll love it. Let me know if you need any recommendations and I'll be more than happy to give them. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the city ;)

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  4. I loved reading this and Venice seems so so so beautiful as well. Everything looks so golden and the architecture is so gorgeous!!
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    1. Ah thanks Aiko. The light in Venice is beautiful and accentuates the architecture so well.

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  5. Dalal your life is very aesthetically pleasing and unmessy please swap with me. Also does flirting with waiter a form of payment?because I am going to have to learn how to do that.

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    1. Hahaha I can assure you that it definitely is not but I do try to make the good moments as good as they can be! It definitely does help you get a reduced total (and a phone number too oops)

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  6. These are some gorgeous pictures of Venice! I've always wanted to go to Italy and Venice would be right on the top of my destinations list! xx

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    1. Thank you, it was such a photogenic place so I got very carried away with my camera haha. I would 10/10 recommend Venice :)

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  7. First of all thank you because deep down I feel like this post was dedicated to me. We've booked our day trip ticket for Venice so I'm super excited now that I'm reading your blogpost for the second time. My first and fondest memories of you come from your instagram stories during your time in Venice. You've given me loads of ideas for I will and won't be doing during my time there. As always this was beautifully written.
    With Love Yossy x

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    1. Hahaha you are very welcome, I did indeed post it with your upcoming trip in mind. Viva Italia am I right? Thanks for reading <3

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  8. I absolutely love that first picture! Italy is one place I can’t wait to visit and cross of my bucket list. I’ve heard so much about Ryanair from friends of mine and from twitter and I swear those flight deals I keep hearing sound amazing + budget friendly!

    It must have been so nice to just cycle along the view from one aunt to the other - getting some great exercise + better to go by bike than by car :)

    I was always wondering how expensive Venice was as I’m pretty sure it’s tourist central! €4.50 for a massive pizza sounds like the perfect price - I’d probably make room for 2 pizzas at that point hahaha. And yes! When I went traveling to Greece, one thing I knew/realized was that by landmarks everything would be overpriced (and probably not the greatest quality) meanwhile a bit further out from the landmarks the food was actually a bit better as well as the price!

    I would love to visit Venice one day!

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    1. Thank you, the whole city was incredibly photogenic so it was a great place to photograph. Ryanair is absolutely fantastic! Cycling was a pain at the time and the mosquitos had an absolute field day on me but in hindsight, it was lovely. Venice is definitely tourist central but it is surprisingly affordable. Haha I consumed a LOT of pizza so I definitely made the most out of the cheap prices. Thank you for reading, I hope you get to visit Venice soon <3

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  9. I visited Venice at the end of August and was expecting it to be expensive too, it's such a pleasant surprise! We had some delicious gelato, much cheaper than the touristy areas of Rome! It's such a beautiful place, I'd love to go back and spend some time in museums and art galleries.
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    1. I was so glad to find out that it wasn't as expensive as it was made out to be- pleasantly surprised is definitely the best way to put it! I haven't been to Rome yet but it's on the list. I regret not going into any of the museums/galleries because Venice has so many pieces- ah well, it's an excuse to revisit ;)

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  10. Venice has been on my travel list for a long time so it's great to hear that you enjoyed it. Its handy to know that it's not as expensive as a lot of people say, and even handier to know about the lack of toilets- so thanks for the tips!

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    1. I had a lovely time. It's much more affordable than you'd think although the toilets are a pain. I hope you get to visit someday!

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  11. This sounds like a fantastic trip to Venice. I've never been there but I'm now considering it for a long weekend break with my partner...

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    1. It was lovely- you should definitely go for a short but sweet weekend trip!

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  12. Loved reading this, so real and funny, haha! The photos you took of Venice are so beautiful, I would definitely want to go there some day!!

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    1. Hahaha thank you! Perhaps it could be an interrail stop ;)

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  13. I love Venice, although the way we did it was quite expensive. We were more interested in doing everything in the picture perfect spots (without actually taking photos), which resulted in a 50 euro bar bill for two drinks. Worth it though. The fact you got your flights so cheap is amazing! It's an amazing city regardless of how you choose to spend your time there x

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    1. I can definitely understand the more expensive side of a Venice holiday and I'm so glad you enjoyed your trip (and a lil bit jealous of the budget you had haha) I totally agree!

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  14. I live this city. Have been twice but a few years ago now. This post has inspired me to go again. Thanks!

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    1. So do I. I would love to revisit again some day. I hope you end up visiting for the third time :)

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  15. your photos are lovely. I'd love to visit Venice!

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    1. Thank you Em. I hope you get to do so in the future!

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  16. I've been to Venice when I was I child, but I'd like to return there! :)

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Lots of love, Dalal

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