‘Venice in November was eerie and atmospheric, like we shouldn’t be there’

I read a brilliant marketing book a while back called Alchemy: The Surprising Power of Ideas that Don’t Make Sense. It’s about doing things in a less obvious way. I like to take that approach to travel. Venice in the winter. Cold, empty? What better reason to go? I have been there in the summer and it’s horrible. Stinky water, people everywhere, long queues. But most tourists were long gone when I arrived with my family in November so we could explore, wandering the canals and backstreets at will. It was eerie and atmospheric, almost like we shouldn’t really be…

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