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October 17, 2018 / Danielle Beattie

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Travel Journal: Venice

What inspirations are you bringing back to Think Joule?       

  • Patterns, colors and vibrancy

  • Attention to detail, no aspect of any design is unimportant. It all counts and needs to be designed thoughtfully.

  • Functional, simple and cost-effective wayfinding is THE BEST. The simple painted typographic signs throughout the city made it possible to navigate the tiny corridors that makeup up Venice.

  • There are thousands of solutions for the same design problem, you just need to find the one that makes sense. It was incredibly interesting to see the various designs of front doors on the Venetian homes. Although some were similar, no two were the same.

  • A refreshing perspective on life in general.

The best part about planning this vacation has been…

Knowing that half of the adventure for this trip was getting lost. Wandering and exploring was part of the plan which made the unknown exciting. 

 
The Grand Canal

The Grand Canal

 
Top of St Mark's Campanile

Top of St Mark's Campanile

 
Doorbell Labels & Rialto Bridge Wayfinding

Doorbell Labels & Rialto Bridge Wayfinding

 
Murano, Italy

Murano, Italy

 

The reason I chose this trip…

Fulfilling a lifelong dream! As a child—and to be honest even as an adult—I was fascinated by the city with gorgeous architecture built on water. The movies make it look magical—the architecture is stunning, the canals are mesmerizing, the history is captivating and the photographic views are breathtaking. It wasn't a hard choice!

 
Basilica di Santa Maria  della  Salute

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

 

Finally arriving here, I am surprised to find…

How picture perfect the city is. I arrived in Venice with extremely, over the top, high hopes—once I got there I felt like I was in a movie made for me. Everywhere I looked was just as gorgeous as the last view. The cobblestone streets are clean and quaint, the narrow canals are calm and full of the most adorable backyard views, the bridges are infinite and the people are energetic.

 
Doors of Venice

Doors of Venice

 
Narrow Canal!

Narrow Canal!

 

Something surprising about the local culture is…

Transportation! You have two options: walk or take the water taxi, aka Vaporetto. There are no cars or bikes in the city, which limits your options, but also makes the city much more unique. Taking the Vaporetto was not only easy, but it gives a completely different perspective of the city and its stunning buildings.  

 
Burano, Italy

Burano, Italy

 
The Grand Canal at the Rialto Bridge

The Grand Canal at the Rialto Bridge

 

The top five highlights of the trip were…

  1. Eating meals on the canals and drinking wine in the palazzos

  2. Visiting Burano and Murano, little islands northeast of Venice

  3. The architecture's beauty, and being surprised at every turn

  4. Spending time and bonding with my mom in Europe

  5. Taking the Vaporetto through the Grand Canal

 
View from the Bridge of Sighs, Doge's Palace

View from the Bridge of Sighs, Doge's Palace

 
Hotel Near the Scalzi Bridge

Hotel Near the Scalzi Bridge

 
Basilica Floor Patterns 

Basilica Floor Patterns 

 
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Top of St. Mark's  Camponile

Top of St. Mark's Camponile

 
On the Rialto Bridge

On the Rialto Bridge

 
Support, Sculpture by artist Lorenzo Quinn

Support, Sculpture by artist Lorenzo Quinn