Arriving in Venice was a beautiful thing. After seeing the Swiss Alps from the sky and a very bumpy landing we reached the bus station where we purchased our bus ticket to get to the main island of Venice where we would be staying.

Making it to the train station of the island showed us our first bit of beauty this island offers. As I write this, I know that the word “beautiful” does not do even the smallest part of Venice justice.

For those of you who do not know, Venice has no cars (or very few) – it’s incredibly quiet. For my other half and I, this was quite a change from the hustle and bustle we had found in our previous European adventures. Upon our trek across the island to our lodging, we found that dragging our suitcases along the cobblestone paths was certainly making the most noise!

The colors are vibrant, the shops were quaint and the people were friendly. We did struggle to find food we found delicious. Apparently, this is a common thing in Venice! However, we did stumble upon a bakery/cafe shop with delicious pizza, bread, treats and espresso. For the less than two days we were in Venice – this was sufficient!

The secret to enjoying Venice was very different than the other places we adventured to on our month-long excursion. Here, instead of planning out sights we wished to see and the best route to take – we got rid of the map and just started walking! You’re on an island – you can hardly get that lost. Granted – when it was time to go home, we pulled out our GPS and found our way home.

Venice was gorgeous. I think if I took away anything from the island it was a reminder to breathe – a reminder to enjoy a sunset, a walk, a view – a reminder to take time to do nothing at all. Of course, this reminds me of a conversation between Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin when they discuss what it means to do nothing.

“It means just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear and not bothering.”

This is a good reminder for all of us – be sure to make a little Venice time for doing nothing each and every day.