Way back in June, James very kindly took me to Venice to celebrate our one year anniversary!

We flew from Southend airport at 11.25am and arrived in Venice by around 3pm.

Our Airbnb host met us from the bus station in Maghera and took us over to our accommodation.

He said that it was one of the hottest days that he’d experienced so far – almost 40 degrees!

Once we’d settled in and grabbed a slice of pizza from the local supermarket, we headed off to explore St. Mark’s Square, Rialto Bridge, stumbled across a beautiful opera performance in a church and passed the Bridge of Sighs.

Not bad for our first day (apart from when we couldn’t find anywhere close to home for decent food and ended up having some awful microwave meals from a ‘restaurant’ for dinner.  At least our accommodation had Netflix so we watched Bridget Jones’ Diary because Mark Darcy is James’ idol.)


The next day, we woke early to shop for some fresh seafood and pasta for dinner and some fruit for breakfast from the supermarket around the corner.

Once we’d popped everything away, we headed to Murano, an island renowned for its long tradition of glass-making.

We also explored the Church of Santa Maria and San Donato which has a colourful mosaic floor and supposedly houses the bones of a slain dragon!

Tom, James’ brother, had given him a guidebook to Venice which suggested that Osteria La Perla Ai Bisatei was the best for seafood and pasta so we made a beeline for it and we weren’t disappointed – it was absolutely delish!

After a little more exploring, we headed to the beach a.k.a Lido di Venezia.

We had a wonderful time swimming, lazing around, sunbathing and catching up on some reading.

In the evening, we headed home, cooked some seafood pasta (because we obviously couldn’t get enough) and watched Bridget Jones 2 because we know how to have a good time 😉

See you soon for our adventures in Burano, Torcello, Doges Palace and the best tiramisu EVER!


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