|Photographs: Christopher O’Donnell using Olympus PEN E-PL7 (Save £150 through John Lewis Black Friday deals)|
I hadn’t been to Venice since travelling Europe almost 10 years ago now, and although still on a budget this time around I decided to do things very differently. Firstly, I had never been to Venice in the winter – and I would hugely recommend it – far less tourists and our flights were under £100 on Easyjet. And let’s face it, Venice is beautiful whatever time of year you go.
|Denim jacket: £59, Topshop. Jumper: £24.99, H&M. Jeans: £255, Paige Denim. Trainers: Senso (old). Backpack: £167.20, Radley.|
WHERE TO STAY
We stayed in the Cannaregio district, the northern part of town. It is about a 15 minute walk to St Mark’s and 5 minutes to the Rialto Bridge. We took the opportunity to try out Homestay, where you stay with a host – a bit like a B&B really – and our host Monica recommended walks for us to do and restaurants to visit, we loved how local we felt – it was a far less touristy part of town.
|The courtyard of our Homestay in Cannaregio|
|Our room, from £71 a night including breakfast, dressing gowns and slippers and a private bathroom, Homestay|
|Denim jacket: £59, Topshop. Bag: £167.20, Radley (a backpack has completely changed my sightseeing experience – so much easier!)|
|Our room was one of the windows on the left – and this canal was our view|
|Sunglasses: £151, Kenzo at Monnier Freres|
|Street Food stall serving fresh seafood|
|Mixed plate of Cicchetti and 2 glasses of wine – €15|
|Bar just behind St Mark’s Square|