As I stepped out of the train station in Venice, I realized that the sinking city of canals was one of the most beautiful places that I had ever seen. The city continued to surprise me throughout the weekend, and I ended up having a fabulous time. Saturday's intense rain prompted us to explore indoor activities including a visit to the incredible Doge's Palace, but on Sunday, the sunshine allowed us to take the Valporetto water taxi to the islands of Murano and Burano.
A rainy Saturday without a gondolier in sight
Doge's Palace in San Marco Square
Canals are beautiful even in the rain
View from the Rialto bridge
The sunny glass-blowing island of Murano
The quaint and colorful lace-making island of Burano
Homemade meringue in Burano