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Fruits of Venice

Although we only had 1.5days in Venice, it was more than enough time to explore the relatively small city.  We woke up to catch the morning open market blooming with colorful fruits, glistening fish, and pungent spices.  I couldn’t help but think how wonderful it would be to be able to have such an arsenal of fresh produce to work with on a daily basis.   The fish market was very impressive, selling everything from entire stingrays to chunks of shark to giant octopuses.  The inner foodie in me was churning with curiosity on the potential dishes that these exotic cuts could be transformed into. We bought a few fresh fruits to go and dipped into a little cafe for our breakfast and coffee.  Unfortunately, I have no idea what this cafe is called nor will I really remember where it is hidden in the many intricate small streets in Venice but this place had the BEST prosciutto croissant and their cappuccino was very good too.  The croissant was tender with just the perfect amount …

Charmed by Venice

London and Paris were both nice…but it wasn’t until Venice that it finally hit me.  I’m in Europe.  Venice was just so significantly different from the city-like London and Paris where it was simply a variation of Toronto.  After over a week of damp chilly weather, we were graciously greeted with the pleasant warm breeze of Italy.   We took a boat into Venice from the airport.  It was such an enjoyable ride.  The closer we got to the city, the more excited we grew!   I could not stop taking photos of Venice’s colorful houses.  All of which were eroding from waters and age.  Yet there was something so rustic and magical about this floating city.  This was one of the few places that is truly what you see in postcards.       We were very lucky to be staying close to the Rialto bridge which links the markets and is one of the most important bridges in Venice.  It is very lively on either side of the bridge.  Streets adorned with vendors …