First, I wanted to upload some photos from Venice last April. I had always dreamed of going to Venice, for the same reasons that anyone does (canals? little bridges? Italian food? yes please). I was also wary of going to Venice, for the same reasons that anyone is (expensive? tourist trap? expen$$$ive?). Luckily, the latter turned out not to be true, whether because of the time of year or perhaps because people were avoiding Venice for these exact reasons.
Anyway, I can safely say that Venice is one of the most magical places I have ever visited. To call it touristy is to underline an obvious conclusion for any place that is as beautiful, as photogenic, and as unique a place as a city built on water. I don't want to belabor the point, so I'll just dump my photos here now.