Venice had been on my list since I was 10 years old, having seen "the Italian Job" for the first time. The first scene in that movie shows an intricate heist of gold bars, set in Venice. The robbers make their escape on speed boats in a dramatic hgih speed chase through the canals of Venice. I was confused watching this, "where are the roads?!" 

My mom explained to me in Venice there were no roads, only water canals and that the whole city was on water. At the point, I knew I had to visit and 12 years later I got the opportunity to go! This all-too-brief trip yielded these 5 images, and over the next few years I will definitely be adding to this when I return.