I had no idea what Venice had in store. I had seen pictures, and yes, yes, it was beautiful. No big deal. I didn’t *have* go to there. But now that I’ve been there, I get it. It really is something incredible! Because of it’s location on the water (in a lagoon) it hasn’t changed much, practically everything you see is really old. It was built on the water on purpose, and being on the water had certain advantages, but now unfortunately it’s sinking quite quickly. It’s really sad, but also quite beautiful. Visually to have the water lapping into doors, gates, and stairs- it’s kind of like a magical world from another time. The contrast between the permanence of the buildings and sculptures and the overtaking water was so dramatic. I just feel in love with this place.