new year’s day 2020 saw us riding shotgun in a flixbus, through ljubljana and the slovenian mountains, arriving in venice in the early evening. based in an area called cannaregio, our airbnb’s location meant we were well away from the main tourist hotspots, where we managed to find some nice, quiet local restaurants to eat at (my fave was aptly called Very Good – and indeed was very good). venice itself is such a unique city, charming and full of character. i loved walking everywhere; up and down bridges, over narrow canals, never quite certain of where we were. we spent a lot of time with friends from denmark and their baby, who seemed to love the pasta just as much as we did. we toured around together, visiting the glass museum on murano, and the beautiful coloured buildings on burano, doge’s palace and climbing the tower overlooking st. mark’s square. we watched as fog rolled in, engulfing the island, and as venetians strung out their laundry on washing lines between buildings. josh and i got up at sunrise on our last morning too, where we wandered the jewish ghetto, admiring the pink sky and stillness of the morning. there’s nothing better than being up and at ’em nice and early. in venice too, i became the unfortunate witness to a brazen theft: a seagull who liked the look of my chocolate pastry so much that it literally snapped it from my hands, mid-mouthful! could’ve been far worse of course, but i was devastated!