We took a train to Venice Italy where we were departing on a cruise in a few days. Stepping outside the train station and seeing the Grand Canal was an amazing feeling. It seemed so romantic. I had read up enough to know to purchase vaporatto tickets to getting around Venice. All transportation is in the form of a boat of three types; Gondolas, private boat hire, or vaporatto which is shaped like a ferry and they will pack in as many people as possible. Vaporatto is the budget friendly choice. We picked a 48 hour pass since we only had two days in Venice. We saw all of the usual landmarks from Rialto's bridge to St. Mark's Square. St. Marks Square is known for the mass of pigeons. Although it is illegal to feed the pigeons there was a man handing out cracked corn to be fed to the pigeons. With cracked corn in your open palm and with arms outstretched, the pigeons will come. They will land on your arms, shoulders or head. As much as we know pigeons are dirty the experience is well, an experience. It was an amazing two days of sightseeing and wonderful outdoor cafes. A vaporatto ride away is Burano and Murano Islands. Burano is known for lace making and Murano for glass. We only had time for one island so we went to Burano. Lace shops were very upscale since the lace is all handmade. Other shops had hand made masks of every type. Colorful would be a one word description of Burano. Since there are only a few homes with a courtyard for greenery, the people paint their houses with a wide array of bright colors. The doors of homes are very unique of color or wood patterns. Many people had curtains on the exterior of their doors. The curtains acted like a screen door, letting air in while protecting their privacy. The few homes with courtyards had plants and some with colorful objects to create a special space outdoors. I hope Venice is on everyone's bucket list. I am glad we didn't miss it.