Travel: Venice, Italy

Ohhh man.  My heart belongs to Venice.  If this city wasn't half way across the world, I would visit at least twice a year.  I mean, look!


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days

Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days



Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days

Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days

This city is SO distinctively different from any other place that I've ever been before.  Imagine: 115+ small islands, connected by over 400 bridges.  A city you can navigate by foot or boat through 150+ canals.  No streets, no cars, & nothing but sheer quaintness around every stinkin' corner.  That, is that City of Venice. 


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days

Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days

My best advice to enjoy all that Venice has to offer:

Wander out into the streets & get lost.
Pop into a quaint little restaurant & order something you cannot pronounce (it will all be in Italian, of course).  Dine outside with a glass of the house wine & linger longer.
People watch.
Admire all the blooming flowers.
Walk past a bakery & take in the scent of freshly baked bread.
Stop for gelato. 
Park yourself on top of a bridge to watch the sunset.
Walk back to your hotel with only the light from the moon & street lamps to guide your way.

Then, do it all again tomorrow.



Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days
Gelato!


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days

Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days
A dead end :)


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days
The Bridge of Sighs


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days
In/on the Bridge of Sighs, looking out


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days
Zac & I, looking 110% like tourists.


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days
Italy's version of 'fast food'... and SO good!


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days

Please please PLEASE don’t just hang out at the “touristy” and cruise ship stops, specifically Piazza San Marco, or solely along the Grand Canal, the whole while you visit.  If you fall to this mistake, you will likely dislike Venice & never want to return.


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days

Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days


Travel: Venice, Italy | My Darling Days


Where to next.... Burano!  Stay tuned!

Click the links to see more of our Italian adventures: Rome day 1, Rome day 2, Vatican City, Assisi 


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Current Happenings

Post idea inspired by Emily's 'Five Things' posts, at Cupcakes & Cashmere.
(a great way to stay active behind the camera, to document the little things)


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Eating grilled cheese & homemade tomato soup (made by my mother-in-law) like it's going out of style.


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Still enjoying all the zinnias from our garden.


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A cute brown-eyed puppy, through the screen door.


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Obsessing over these adorable new mugs (that match our coffee & tea containers perfectly)!


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Nothing beats kettle corn from the farmer's market.



Travel: The Hoover Dam

It occurred to me the other day, that I never posted about our trip to the Hoover Dam while we were in Las Vegas this spring.

The dam is quite impressive, and one of the those things that you need to see in person to truly appreciate & understand the sheer volume of this massive structure.

Travel; The Hoover Dam | My Darling Days

We did the dam tour, and it was neat & very informative.  Not the most exciting thing in the whole world, but a good experience none-the-less.  I think we spent about 3 hours total at the dam, and we made sure to get there right away in the morning when it opened to avoid large crowds & the daytime heat.

Travel; The Hoover Dam | My Darling Days
Damn... that's a long ways down! ;)

Travel; The Hoover Dam | My Darling Days
Arizona side...

Travel; The Hoover Dam | My Darling Days
Nevada side...

Travel; The Hoover Dam | My Darling Days


I'm not sure how much you remember learning about the Hoover Dam in school, but what's fascinating to me is the engineering feat that went into constructing the dam, and how they were able to divert the flow of the Colorado River while it was being built.  I mean, this was back in 1931 -- before computers and all the fancy gadgets we have today.

The dam was built to control the flow of the Colorado River, provide irrigation water to farmlands, and provide a dependable water supply for southern California.  It's self-supporting, too; the operation & maintenance is solely supported with the revenue from it's power sales.  To this day, the Hoover Dam is a world-renowned structure.

A look inside the dam:

Travel; The Hoover Dam | My Darling Days

Travel; The Hoover Dam | My Darling Days
If you're claustrophobic, avoid this part of the tour...

Mike O'Callaghan - Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge
Here's the view at the end of that long narrow tunnel


Lake Mead -- America's largest man-made reservoir that can store 9.2 trillion gallons of water.  It also serves as a means of recreation. And, it's beautiful!

Travel; The Hoover Dam; Lake Mead | My Darling Days

Travel; The Hoover Dam | My Darling Days



Zac pointing out some fish...

Travel; The Hoover Dam | My Darling Days

Travel; The Hoover Dam | My Darling Days



The view from the Mike O'Callaghan - Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge (it was sooo windy on top the bridge!)

Travel; The Hoover Dam | My Darling Days
 

If you're in the area or passing through, make sure to stop by the Hoover Dam... even just to snap a pic.  You'll be amazed at it's sheer volume!  Plus, you can literally be in two places at once... Nevada & Arizona!

Travel; The Hoover Dam | My Darling Days

Travel; The Hoover Dam | My Darling Days


P.S.  You'll drive through Boulder City to get to the Hoover Dam.  On our way back to Vegas, we ate a super classy lunch at the local Taco Bell, and across the street was this fun mural.  Had we not stopped for a cheap lunch, I would have never gotten this photo :)

Travel; Boulder City, NV | My Darling Days