Venice had me in a constant state of 'awe'.

Out of the four cities that were traveled during this trip (Milan, Rome, Venice + Nice) Venice was my absolute favorite. It was like a dream and completely different than any other place I've been to. I love the small dark alleys that felt so mysterious and the amazing colors and flowers that were all throughout.

On the first day, I took the infamous Venetian gondola ride. It was sunset and romantic - what else could you ask for? The whole thing felt surreal.

One of the things I took away from while on this crazy, spontaneous trek through Italy was that I was 100% present the entire time. I think that because we had no idea we were even going to be in Italy until 24 hours beforehand and there were no plans made in advance, I was never thinking about what's next. We took each day as it was and it was a really awesome feeling to be so in the moment. I can clearly remember so much of it all.

After a few days in Venice, we hopped on a private water taxi and headed toward the train station to then catch a train to Nice, France. Although I loved the gondola ride, the water taxi was a moment I'll also never forget. There was something about the incredible colors of the buildings, the music our driver had on and the super fresh air that left me with a smile on my face the whole time. I felt so happy and grateful.