Taking the train from Milan to Venice was relaxing. Train travel is such a nice way to rest, to get the chance to stare out the window and write a bit.
Being a gondolier was a male-only tradition until 2010 when the first female gondolier was licensed. That being said, a handful of women tried to become licensed previously but claimed they were treated unfairly in their various exams, and thus failed. Regardless, seeing the gondoliers with their uniform of striped shirts and straw hats paddling through the canals never got old for me.
Couple attach locks with their names written on them to the bridges swear eternal love and throw the keys into the river.
The Basilica di San Marco was another stunning piece of architecture.
And the Rialto bridge had a great view during the day and at night-time. It is the oldest of the four bridges crossing the canals.