While Venice certainly sounds nice, you can apply this approach to your travels to many places in the world.
Writes Mike Langford and Jackie Ranken, "Venice has been a destination we had wanted to visit for many years, for several reasons. For me, it was because it was the home of Marco Polo and the starting point of one of the great Silk Roads into Asia, a project I have been working on since 1985. For Jackie, it was the romance of the city and the iconic images it would provide for her to explore her photographic art.
"Finding the Polo’s house wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. It took many wrong turns and dead-end alleyways before finding a plaque that identified where the original house had been. There are plenty of red herrings in Venice, many of which pretend to be the home of the Polo family, but are instead just accommodation providers.
"We decided that the best time to visit Venice was just before Christmas in mid-December, when it would be cold and wet. We also incorrectly thought that this would mean there wouldn’t be many tourists at that time, which was somewhat wrong as there are always thousands of tourists in Venice.
"What does happen in Venice during the winter months, is that most tourists are gone by 5:00 p.m. and don’t come back until after 9:00 a.m. the following day, leaving the city somewhat empty and photographically stunning to photograph during the twilight hours. (We highly recommend that you stay in Venice itself when you visit, instead of commuting in each day from outside.)"
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