Verona: It’s a (Fictitious) Love Story, Baby Just Say… Yes?

Love, ah Love!

Some people live by it, while others die for it. And amongst the latter, the most infamous couple in history are none other than Romeo and Juliet. Even though (yes, it’s true) they might not even have existed. Who knows? And yet to the town of Verona tourists flock, in a bid to see the city in which Romeo and Giuletta was based in (and may have lived). Yes folks, that’s Giuletta and not Juliet to y’all. Them Italians don’t use the letter J!

There’s the whole love locks done to the n–th degree here, as well as the notes to Giuletta (why, I ask you?). And of course, the statue of Giuletta – touching her breast is meant to make one lucky in love. This I DEFINITELY do not understand. Didn’t her love interest ingest poison and well, die?

People will find whatever means to make others do stupid things (or pay money) it seems.

Love locks in Verona

Love locks in Verona

Graffiti on Juliet's House

Graffiti on Juliet’s House (Casa di Giuletta)

Verona Market Square

Verona Market Square

Verona Market Square

Verona Market Square

Verona Arena

Verona Arena

Statue of Juliet

Statue of Juliet – touching her breast is meant to make one lucky in love.

Juliet's Balcony

Juliet’s Balcony

Snapshots of a Sinking City: Highlights of Venice

The last big city of my Italy trip. Also known as the Queen of the Adriatic Sea, the City of Masks and/ or the City of Canals. I’ve always wanted to go with my significant other, but – well, I thought, why not just GO? After all, who knows how many more years it will remain above sea level? The first sight that greeted my eyes was the Grand Canal. Venezia, oh how beautiful you are.

Throngs of tourists? Check. Inconsiderate pushy people? Check. The occasional obnoxious Italian trying to navigate their way through tourists and pushing their way without so much as a scusa? Check.

And yet, I fell in love with this city. Because as I sat at the edge of a secluded pier with Davide (a friend from Couchsurfing), I could envisage in my mind the mysterious wonder of mist rolling in during winter. The beautiful lights of San Marco twinkling like fireflies trapped in the gray refreshing fog. Boys laying down jackets so their girlfriends won’t have to step on puddles (in the case of acqua alta, I suppose more drastic measures might be called for).

And in this city, La Serenissima, love and dreams walk next to one another, hand in hand. And lovers embrace, each smile answering an unasked question in their partner’s heart.

The Grand Canal

The Grand Canal

View from Rialto Bridge

View from Rialto Bridge

Santa Maria della Salute Basilica

Santa Maria della Salute Basilica

Piazza San Marco (St Mark's Square)

Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square)

Acqua alta (High Water)

Acqua alta (High Water)

Gondolas of Venice

Gondolas of Venice

Canals of Venice

Canals of Venice