To be honest with you, today's not really going to plan. I was meant to get up at 9, go to the gym, then get glammed up and go for a really fancy lunch and spend most of the afternoon napping off my inevitable wine overindulgence before work. Instead, I woke up at 11.15, panicked but somehow managed to get ready in 30 minutes. Then the lunch was cancelled at the last minute. And do you know what the most annoying part of that was? I had managed to do possibly my best ever makeup - my new Sephora makeup was banging. That contouring crayon and brush set are utterly fool-proof, and my new lipstick was perfect. I looked pretty darn good for me, which was amazing considering I'd only been awake for half an hour. There isn't even an emoticon for how gutted I was.
I went back home and completely forgot to take a picture of myself to show you that look I think I sort of managed to contour a bit without looking like a zebra, took all my makeup off and went to the gym instead. That hurt more than should be allowed - oh hey five days off, you're fun aren't you? Then put on my big NASA sweatshirt and had a much less impressive lunch that mainly consisted of some sad-looking salad, and now here I am. Coffee in hand, trying to get myself back into yesterday's whoooaaa hey Venice mentality. So here goes.
I did a lot of walking at first, as I was nearer the outskirts and wanted to start my day off with a trip to Sephora (take a look at yesterday's post) before winding my way down to St Mark's Square. I took my time looking at all the incredible buildings around me and taking loads of pictures on my way, and it's quite a winding route in as obviously you have to wait for the next bridge to get over the river. It's lovely for a holiday but I swear I would go insane if I lived there and actually had to follow a schedule. I think the best bit of my walk was suddenly finding myself on all these little bridges, hidden away between the buildings, and seeing the gondolas floating slowly by underneath me. It's incredible. The day started off pretty miserably, all foggy and cool, but thankfully the sun came out to play in the end. I ended up carrying my coat around, but SUNSHINE!!
Everywhere you turn there are beautiful buildings and statues, and the colours are breathtaking when the sun comes out - it makes the UK seem quite bland in comparison, though I suppose bright orange facades probably wouldn't look quite so good without the sunshine.
I also saw a jewellery shop called Rebecca, which excited me quite a lot. Looked a bit pricey though, so I didn't dare go in incase I got carried away.
When I got down to St Mark's Square it was, predictably, absolutely jam-packed with tourists, so I took some photos and had a quick look around. You might have noticed that a lot of the buildings have a winged lion holding either a closed or open book? Well, that's the Lion of Saint Mark and it's the symbol of Venice, and when buildings were built these lions were included to show the current state of the city - if the book is open, all was well, but if the book is closed, Venice was at war at that time. See, I know things (well, I read it somewhere and wikipedia-d it to check I was right).
The Piazza San Marco is a breathtaking place to go, but unfortunately to get inside you have to queue FOREVER and, as usual, I was on the clock, so I decided I'd wander off to find Harry's Bar, as supposedly they make the best Bellinis in the world. It was shut (of course), so I sat at the Hotel Monaco's bar next door on the grand canal and watched the world, or the gondolas, go by. It wasn't cheap - one Bellini and a half litre of water cost me about €23, but I spun it out and sat there for the best part of an hour, and the waiters brought me complimentary olives and salted peanuts, which made the price a little less heartbreaking!
Then all to soon, after a quick walk up to the Bridge of Sighs and a look around the souvenir stalls, it was time to zoom off in my little boat back to reality. Thanks for reading, hope you're all having a great day wherever you are! Don't forget to follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest for the next instalment. Peace out.