“Ciao”

Italy; Part 3

Our last stop in Italy was Venice, one of the most unique cities I have visited. It is unlike any other city that I know of. Their “roads” are water canals and their “cars” are boats. It was a hard concept for my to wrap my head around. It is so unlike Fargo, ND I found myself constantly staring in awe. It also had that classic Italian feel and look with different colored buildings every which way you look. I couldn’t tell you how many times I stared and murmured “sa bukur!” (how beautiful!).
The water taxi!

The water taxi!

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The main square in the city is named Saint Mark’s square after the church that is located there. It was my favorite church that I visited during my stay in Italy. The entire ceiling is pictures made with mosaic tiles. It was literally breathtaking. I can’t imagine how many man hours it took to make that, but the result was amazing.
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There are over 900 churches in just the city of Rome.We were lucky to be able to see a few in each place we visited. Every single church we stopped in had its own wow factor. The amount of labor and thought and artisitc ability that went into each one is so impressive. Not to mention, every single square inch is decorated. Walls, ceilings and floors alike. The churches are just a small part of Italian history. Among other things, there are the roman ruins, famous statues, sculptures and museums. Each one containing it’s own treasures and stories.
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Not to mention, the great food and if you can’t tell, I LOVE food!!
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When my dad was in high school, one of families in Velva, ND hosted an exchange student from Italy. We were lucky enough to meet up with her on our last day in Venice. It was great to have a native speaker to walk around with and a perfect way to end the trip.
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I traveled through Italy by airplane, taxi, bus, subway, train, boat and by foot. Visiting nine cities along the way and soaking up every minute of it. I met fellow travelers, locals and a few Italian chefs. I had more than my fair share of homemade pasta, cheese and cappuccinos. I have to admit, I think I fell in love with Italy a little more each day I was there. With an amazing vacation behind me, it is back to Albanian reality. Unfortunately it is “ciao” for now, but I doubt I can stay away for very long. Plus, I think I can hear the gelato calling my name!

1 thought on ““Ciao”

  1. Amazing! Reading your 3 part Italian adventure gave me a great escape on this snowy Minnesota Monday. Your writing is wonderful as are the photos! It felt like I was there with you, almost:) I couldn’t taste the gelato, no matter how hard I tried to imagine it.
    Enjoy your time back “home” in Albania~before you know it, that will be just a fond memory. Love you.
    Nan

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