With its gondolas, carnival masks, Murano glass, churches, and cobble stone streets and bridges, it’s hard not to fall in love with the floating city. Comprised of 117 islands linked by 409 bridges, I could not help but find a connection between past and present. I had to close my eyes and open them to see if this was a dream or I was on set of the latest romantic movie. My reality was better than anything that I could imagine. I wanted to keep the sights vivid in my memory as I basked in the glory of its beauty. The picture will remain with me forever.