Very few cities have the uniqueness of Venice. A floating city that floods almost as frequently with water as it does with outsiders looking for a glimpse of the old ways. Bridges that were once violent battlegrounds and dividing points between territories are now filled with vendors selling glassware and lace. At night, you can often stumble upon a musician playing the accordion for a couple floating by in a gondola, the sounds flirting familiarly with the worn stone city walls (if you close your eyes and listen, you can almost feel time becoming irrelevant). Despite the masses of tourists and overpriced souvenirs, the history here still shines through. Confined spaces force the locals and the tourists to intertwine in a way that most world destinations are able to avoid. Watching Venice live, move, and function is a truly one of a kind and rewarding experience.
From the shine of the slippery stone walkways, you can imagine the footsteps of merchants, artists, fisherman, poets, and artisans over the centuries. It's a place to let your imagination run wild. And in my case, take a few pictures when the daydreams subside.