|Our fist glimpse from the train.|
I've never been a particularly romantic person.
|Canals and bridges ... be still my beating heart.|
I'm not one of those girls who grew up dreaming of visiting Paris or New York or Venice.
|St Mark's was lovely by day or night, but by night there were no crowds which we definitely preferred.|
I wanted to travel, I have always wanted to travel, but my dreams were more of the Daintree, Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands and the Grand Canyon.
|One of my favourites from the whole holiday - The Sparky's patience with these long exposure photos is beyond me.|
I'm a nature girl at heart and cities and towns have never particularly appealed to me so no one was more surprised than I when I fell totally and completely head over heels in love with Venice.
|Our new favourites - short black, macchiato and cannoli (please excuse the dodgy night time iPhone quality)|
As in, I didn't want to leave.
|Self-portrait in St Mark's Square our first night.|
As in, I want to go back now.
|Lots of water means lots of water transport.|
As in, this is the one place we will probably deliberately plan to get back to - even before we've visited all of the many other wonderful places we want to get to.
|No matter the angle or time of day everything was beautiful.|
As in, I could go on and on and on about how I love the place but couldn't even begin to explain to you why.
|The room upgrade may have had something to do with it.|
I don't know if it's just because it's the first big overseas holiday we've had ...
|Eclectic, random, historic and artistic but still structured and organised - maybe that's the answer, Venice is The Sparky and I|
(I'm sorry New Zealand, I love you but you're just too close and too similar to be classed as an overseas holiday)
|Proof that we were, in fact, there.|
... and maybe I'll fall like this every where I go ...
|Various views from the top of the bell tower ... well worth the extra Euros.|
... all I know for the moment is that I am totally smitten and it just won't go away.