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We left our hotel in the Dorsoduro area and headed for Piazza San Marco and Doge's Palace. There is no walking directly to your destination when you're in Venice. You must stroll, leisurely, looking up and down the alleys, weaving in and out of the shops and catching the eyes and smiles of the passing Italian men and women. It's hard to imagine living in this magical place, having to be anywhere quickly. As a tourist it's so easy to get lost, as the alleys all start to look the same. But this is what the locals do everyday, and they don't stroll. They walked with purpose; it was Monday morning and they were all on their way to work.
As we made our way to Piazza San Marco, we crossed at Ponte de l'Accademia, where we took our morning pictures and watched the water taxis go about their morning. I could have stayed here for hours just watching the boats, listening to everyone speaking Italian and daydreaming about living here one day. (My Dream Bigger Dream is to live in Italy one day. I don't know how, or when, but someday...)