(Glasses: Celine, Blouse: Topshop, Jeans: Topshop (Binx but similar here), Shoes: Chanel, Bag: Lulu Guinness, Belt: Madewell)

Photos by Joe Galvin

If there's one way to describe Venice, it's other worldly. Having studied art at A-Level, the whole city feels like walking inside a rococo or renaissance painting- with intricacies of the grand architecture, the glitter of the canals and the nod of the gondoliers all echoing something from a time long gone by (with the natter of wandering tourists bringing you straight back to the twenty-first century). With the city built upon a no-road system, and the bridges, lagoons and piazzas being the main connections from borough to borough- the distinct lack of engine hum makes wandering the city feel like a real adventure...

And speaking of adventure- if there's one thing I was told time and time again before we visited, it was to essentially just 'get lost in the city'. We had a handful of foodie recommendations (which will be coming up soon)- but were largely told to just hit the city by foot and soak it all up- a strange scenario when you're used to ticking off a to-visit list in a 48 hour time frame. But, upon hopping off of our water taxi, wide eyed and unknowing- it all clicked into place. With gaggles of tourists peppered on most corners (us included)- the city really is best discovered when you're really not looking for anything at all. We discovered restaurants we had noted down when we least expected it- and it was only during the evenings, when the city came to a stand still that we really uncovered the magic. With the canals still, boats covered and lights from windows twinkling down on the pavements- it's really when you least expect it that you can find something special somewhere new. Stay tuned for more adventures!



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(Glasses: Celine, Blouse: Topshop, Jeans: Topshop (Binx but similar here), Shoes: Chanel, Bag: Lulu Guinness, Belt: Madewell)

Photos by Joe Galvin

If there's one way to describe Venice, it's other worldly. Having studied art at A-Level, the whole city feels like walking inside a rococo or renaissance painting- with intricacies of the grand architecture, the glitter of the canals and the nod of the gondoliers all echoing something from a time long gone by (with the natter of wandering tourists bringing you straight back to the twenty-first century). With the city built upon a no-road system, and the bridges, lagoons and piazzas being the main connections from borough to borough- the distinct lack of engine hum makes wandering the city feel like a real adventure...

And speaking of adventure- if there's one thing I was told time and time again before we visited, it was to essentially just 'get lost in the city'. We had a handful of foodie recommendations (which will be coming up soon)- but were largely told to just hit the city by foot and soak it all up- a strange scenario when you're used to ticking off a to-visit list in a 48 hour time frame. But, upon hopping off of our water taxi, wide eyed and unknowing- it all clicked into place. With gaggles of tourists peppered on most corners (us included)- the city really is best discovered when you're really not looking for anything at all. We discovered restaurants we had noted down when we least expected it- and it was only during the evenings, when the city came to a stand still that we really uncovered the magic. With the canals still, boats covered and lights from windows twinkling down on the pavements- it's really when you least expect it that you can find something special somewhere new. Stay tuned for more adventures!



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34 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed Venice. A friend and I booked a spontaneous trip a couple of years ago after a bottle of wine, just because it was the cheapest flight we could find - we'd done absolutely no research, but found that it was best to just stumble upon places.

    I still swear the best pizza I've ever tasted was a slice from a standalone pizza wagon for one euro. It was incredible.

    One day we went to the theatre and the owner happened to hear our British accents and explained that he, himself, was a British man 'on holiday' and just hadn't booked a flight home (he'd been there for 20 years). He was just about to take his lunch break, so spent the hour showing us around the winding streets and pointing out the best hidden gems.

    Your post has made me desperate to return! x

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  2. The details and back on your Topshopo blouse is amazing! Venice is one on my adventure list and it looks so beautiful! xx

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  3. Just beautiful Liv! I cannot wait to visit Venice one day, seems so magical. Can't wait to see your foodie posts! Immy x

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  4. So beautiful Liv, you look divine! x

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  5. I do love discovering a new city by getting lost. And Venice is definitely worth getting lost in methinks! I love that blouse of yours, the high neck and backless back is such a great combo. *thumbs up*

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  6. You look incredible!

    xo, Liz
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  7. Red looks so great on you and I'm obsessed with your romantic and girly blouse!! I love Venice... It's such a special place!

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  8. Venice is such a wonderful city, sadly when I went it rained to whole time, but that means I have an excuse to go back, right?! Love your blouse too! x

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  9. Really lovely post!

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  10. Ooh I'm looking forward to the foodie recommendations! I can't wait to go back and eat all the cichetti! Your top is absolutely stunning, it looks great on you xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

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  11. Venice looks so magical! stunning photos x

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  12. I love Venice! These photos are just beautiful. I love your top, too! Such a pretty print and a unique style. Awesome post :)

    -Rachel
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  13. Ohh going to Venice has always been a dream of mine!! Well actually all Italy haha! beautiful pictures:D

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  14. I want to go there so bad. It looks amazing!
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  15. Your outfit is perfect! I love the pattern of your top and the frayed edge to your jeans! I would love to go to Venice one day! xx

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  16. The blouse is stunning... deffo adding that to my online basket haha!

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  17. You look so incredibly chic & stylish Liv! I visited Venice when I was young, but I'd really like to go back so that I can really appreciate all of the beautiful architecture and art in the city.

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  18. Your top is so cute, I love the mix of prints
    xo
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  19. Beautiful photo's! I love Venice, i've went there 2 months ago <3

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  20. I'll never forget when my family and I rode a water taxi and spent a (verrry hot day) in Venice. Such a new and exciting experience. Will definitely have to visit again and ride the gondolas. Thanks for sharing some lovely pictures!
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  21. It's great to hear that you enjoyed Venice! Your photos are amazing. I'm also in love with that gorgeous. That Topshop blouse is also very beautiful on you!

    -Helen
    Sweet Helen Grace

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  22. Beautiful photos - Venice is one of my favourite places! x

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  23. Love your style :)

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  24. I've always been so intrigued by Venice and really want to visit, but I've just been a bit apprehensive because people keep telling me how touristy it is! But I guess it's the price you have to pay to visit such a beautiful place and I think willing to pay it - especially after seeing your beautiful pictures of it! I can't wait to see more :) x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

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  25. You've captured Venice really well Liv. Nice words - those bloody tourists! www.jordanbunker.uk

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  26. I was in Venice this September and to be honest, the tourists got a bit too overwhelming, so instead of a two-day trip, we skipped the last day and went back to Bergamo (which is a darling little city just off of Milan).

    Venice does look dreamy, however, and now I just wish that I'd made it the mission to explore more.

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  27. I have always wanted to visit Venice...definitely on my wish list for future travels! Beautiful blouse too, anything with polka dots and I'm sold. Your blog is really inspiring!

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  28. looks like an amazing place to visit! I love the print of the blouse and the little chanel pumps are so cute!

    Rose and Weston x

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  29. Love the blouse and the pictures are beautiful!
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  30. Beautiful photos, I swear that is the perfect Autumn blouse its lovely! x

    India♥
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  31. Such a beautiful city! And I am SO in love with that blouse, it's just stunning.

    Meg | Elmpetra

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