A Perfect Holiday

venice italy grand canal
How do you write about a perfect holiday? Even if you don’t care about how obnoxious it is to rub your travels all over people’s computer screens, it’s difficult. But that’s what Venice was for us. A perfect holiday.

As our plane landed, we could see the city rising up out of the lagoon,  and I remembered what it was like landing there with Tiernan on our first holiday together – almost 3 years ago.

Returning for our wedding, we rented four apartments in La Serenissima, the Queen of the Adriatic, the Bride of the Sea (the last I only just found out is nickname for Venice after researching for this post).

venice grand canal

One Grand Canal-side penthouse and an additional block of three apartments just off the canal were facilitated by Truly Venice Apartments. Their agents met us off our water taxi at Rialto Bridge, but I’ll talk more about them in a wedding blog later. I don’t know why we’ve never rented on holidays before, because it was so, so easy!

And check out that canal view!

rialto bridge venice italy sunset

venice grand canal sun set

I defy anyone who says Venice is over-rated. It is one of the world’s true paradises, and one of the few man-made places I can give the word to.

What I loved about staying in the historic city was how the crowds people complain so much about just melt away in the early mornings and evenings. Wandering off along minor canals, away from the tourist traps, Venice seemed empty.

There were 14 of us on the trip. We had no major plans and everyone could explore Venice as they wished. For our part, Tiernan and I walked every, single day during the five day stay and found some of the most beautiful spaces.


venice italy minor canal

venice bridge stairs

venice italy mask shop

Not to mention all the gelato, pizza and carbonara we managed to consume in that time!

One day my family decided to cook in (which made sense since we had three kitchens in our building). A notion arose that it would be nice to have some gelato for dessert, so Tiernan, Jack, my friend Brigette, and I walked to the nearest gelateria and bought a litre tub! We ordered a scoop of almost every flavour and it was divine.


Time seemed to pass slowly until the day before we left: our wedding day. Tiernan and I got married on November 5, 2015 at the Comune di Venezia, Venice’s 18th Century palace of a city hall.

The day bolted passed in a ray of sunshine and I’m hanging out for the photos and videos, just to prove it really did happen. Before we knew it, we were saying goodbye to the city as our extended family group went its separate ways across Europe.

Tiernan and I nursed our food babies all the way to Paris for a long weekend honeymoon.

venice grand canal couple


11 thoughts on “A Perfect Holiday

  1. Congratulations on your wedding!

    We’re heading to Venice in mid-February to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary. I’ve planned several trips there over the years but for one reason or another, we never actually pulled the trigger. I’m super excited to finally be making our way there. I’d love any recommendations you have to share with readers.


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