Venice Invaded by Tourists
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I traveled to Venice, Italy in November. I always travel off-season because I don’t have to fight the crowds. I am often the only person around, but the bonus is I never wait for any museum  except the Duomo San Marco. I have been to Venice twice, but due to the cruise ships bring their passengers directly to St Mark’s in massive hordes, unless you want to wait for hours, you are not getting in.

When it comes to traveling, time is money and time shouldn’t be wasted. While others are waiting in line to get into the Duomo, take a vaporetto across the lagoon to San Gorgio and go to the top of the bell tower for the best views of the lagoon and St Mark’s.

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A word of warning, if you are in Venice during the ‘Alta Aqua’ or ‘High Tides’, the streets will be flooded in the morning. It can be an inconvenience, but it is also fascinating to watch the water swirling down into small drains that were cut into the stones hundreds of years ago. Part of the joy of travel is to learn about the local culture and speak to the native Venetians. Don’t give up on any opportunity to be friendly and engage a local. They love to talk up their love of this unique floating city.

5_peP1010942_pe All photos by Cynthia Cassell – Girls Travel The World