I guess that this first sentence of my first blog post ever is the most difficult one to write. I certainly hope that the next posts will be (a little bit) easier.
The idea to start this blog on Venice first came to my mind exactly 3 months ago. Jef, my husband, and I were in Venice for the Regata Storica and had dinner in one of our favourite restaurants. We sat outside in a quiet street, surrounded by locals, when I said out of the blue ‘Wouldn’t this be a nice story for a blog’. It was just a quick thought and we forgot about it for the rest of our stay. When we got home, friends and colleagues asked us for tips, new places we had discovered, feedback on the Venice Biennale, … I then saw a television program on how to start a blog (‘Voor hetzelfde geld’ with Britt Van Marsenille), I felt it click and decided to go ahead with it.
I have to admit that the whole process of getting this first post online was trickier than I thought: what is a good name for a blog; what do I want to write about; in which language; what should the site look like; how do I set this up technically? If you are wondering, yes, I did this all by myself. However, I want to thank Jef, my brother Filip, my friends Kathleen and Mark for their ideas and help in defining the concept and their feedback on my try-outs and of course Kris from ThemeGoods for his technical support.
So what can you expect?
The Venice Insider will provide you with insights, background information and insider tips on events (not only will you find the well-known ones such as Carnevale or the Biennale, but also those oriented toward the locals), sestieri (neighbourhoods), history, culture and so on. It is mainly targeted at those of you who, like us, return on a regular basis and feel at home in the maze of small streets. It is not my goal to give traditional tourist information or an overview of all hotels and restaurants, as there are plenty of better resources for that purpose (such as TripAdvisor or booking.com). The only exception to this is my post ‘Insider tips for your first trip to Venice’, which explains some basics such as how to get to Venice from the airport, where to find weather and acqua alta predictions and how to use a vaporetto.
Will it be interesting for you?
I hope the answer is yes! We noticed that even within our own circle of friends and acquaintances there are many frequent travellers to Venice and most combine this with a regular visit to the Biennale. If you don’t consider yourself a real tourist anymore, but a regular, this blog will be your new reference guide for future visits. Based on my own experience, the more you go to Venice (or any other city for that matter), the more you are interested in understanding the dynamics of the city, its history and daily life. The Venice Insider will give you these new insights to make sure your next trips are even more interesting and fun.
When setting up this blog, new issues came up almost every day. I was, however, very positively surprised how open and supportive the blogosphere is. All my questions were answered almost immediately. I gained a lot of insights from: Jempie & Nina (Travelboulevard), Katelijne (Chopsticks & trains), Sofie (Wonderful Wanderings) and Petra (Just Host) – and I want to thank them for sharing their expertise. For those of you who are not active in this area, there is a whole world out there: blogs on blogging (my favourite one is Blogaholic), networks, books, conferences, … I have already learned a lot and I am only at the beginning.
I didn’t want to go live with a completely empty page, so you can already read a few articles (such as ‘Sant’Elena: the perfect area for your stay in Venice‘ and ‘San Martino, the Venetian version of Epiphany’) on my blog. I hope you enjoy them! From now on, I will publish a post every two weeks. Feel free to send me your suggestions on new topics in the comments below.
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