Venice, La Bella Venezia!

16 Sep

My first visit to Venice was as a study abroad student. Although it was many years ago, I can still see it vividly in my mind’s eye. It was winter and a heavy fog had rolled in as I walked along the canal. I could hear the lapping of the water against the gondolas and the hum of the water taxis ferrying passengers to and fro.  There were lights in the distance, but the fog clouded the identity of any of the buildings. It was cold, but it didn’t matter. It was simply magical, and for me, it will always be that way.

As soon as I exit Santa Lucia train station and see this view,

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my heart starts to flutter. How grand, how impossible, how so many things!

I know today there can be huge crowds, ridiculous cruise ships, and flooding, but we experienced none of them. And perhaps because it is now illegal to feed the pigeons, even Piazza San Marco wasn’t very crowded.

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After the conference, we relaxed in the grand piazza for a bit,

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enjoying aperitivo,

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listening to music,

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and gazing at the incredible sights,

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especially those  just caught by chance.

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Before leaving the piazza, we wandered over to this hotel where we celebrated my parents 50th wedding anniversary. Such incredibly fond memories.

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Afterward, we caught a vaporetto, or public water taxi, to another part of town, appreciating  the efficiency with which they maneuver the canal traffic, dock at various stops, and manage the passengers disembarking and embarking.

And then there are the views – the incredible Renaissance and Gothic palaces, the gondolas, and the Grand Canal.

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Len said if he got lost, I’d find him on this special boat. Smart guy, that Len.

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Sunset and evening bring on their own special color palettes in Venice,

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making it difficult to know which way to look.

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The next morning, I awoke at dawn, so I decided to check out early morning Venice. First on my agenda was to find breakfast, and indeed I did… a delicious cappuccino and a just out of the oven freshly baked cornetto (croissant).

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Then I was ready to explore. This is the famously crowded Rialto Bridge, completed in 1591, covered with rows of shops, and one of the top tourist attractions in Venice.

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But that morning, this was my view, having the Rialto virtually to myself!

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In the early morning hours, however, while most tourists are fast asleep, locals are hard at work preparing for the the day.

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Fish, fruit and vegetables are being delivered, 

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and taken to the various markets which supply local restaurants and shoppers.

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After a delightful early morning stroll, I walked back to the hotel through tiny vicoli filled with shops preparing for the day, and lovely old buildings that retain their charm. 

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And so, Venice, although I leave you once again, not knowing when I’ll return, rest assured that for me, your mystery, beauty and magic will never fade.

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Ciao,
Judy

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 Responses to “Venice, La Bella Venezia!”

  1. Sandra September 16, 2019 at 8:05 AM #

    You’ve captured it’s beauty, Judy, La Serenissima! Your shots are wonderful, especially the early ones when it’s quiet. Ridiculous that they allow cruise ships in but of course, €€€€ and$$$$ turn the cranks!! Those blue skies, wonderful weather! Has to all add up to perfect memories! Was it hot? Don’t know how you stand Europe in the summer and the heat. We’re following it now, arriving on the 27th. Seems for us, another year has rolled along…..see you soon, Sandra

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    • blogginginitaly September 16, 2019 at 8:10 AM #

      Thanks San, You are so right. The weather was wonderful and the skies couldn’t have been bluer. But we have had much of the same weather in Cortona this early fall. Hope it continues when you are arrive! A presto!

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  2. Hilary Martinez September 16, 2019 at 8:59 AM #

    Loved this blog Judy!!
    Ciao,
    Hilary

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  3. Royce Larsen September 16, 2019 at 9:59 AM #

    Well done! Especially the memories Thank you

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  4. Patricia Wasley September 16, 2019 at 10:09 AM #

    Lovely tour of Venice! How gorgeous it still is!

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  5. Diane Rusch September 16, 2019 at 1:18 PM #

    Thank you for such a lovely post. I visited Venice 3 yrs. ago amidst the tourists but it still was such a beautiful and enchanting place for me. I will return again on my next trip.

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    • blogginginitaly September 17, 2019 at 7:46 AM #

      Thank you! So glad you had a great time and I’m quite sure you will on your next visit.

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  6. jeanfromcalifornia September 16, 2019 at 2:48 PM #

    What a coincidence! We have just been reliving taking our kids to Venice in 86! Your pictures and comments have brought it all back.
    Get lost Len? We went out one night for dinner and wandered through such a circuitous route we thought we wouldn’t find our way back. Judy, your shot of the seafood was the same as the front of a restaurant that drew us into a fabulous meal.
    When we left it was dark and even more challenging.
    Beside the restaurant was a toy store with a stuffed fox. We told our 11 year old that we would buy it if she could find her way back to it the next day.
    Of course she did and I just saw it in her bedroom yesterday. I am forwarding your blog today (to my daughter not the Venetian fox.:)

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  7. Mari Louise September 16, 2019 at 3:36 PM #

    Beautiful, Judy. Reminded me so much of the movie “Summertime” with Katherine Hepburn. That movie made me ache for Venice. Your tribute does the same. Thank you.

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    • blogginginitaly September 17, 2019 at 7:50 AM #

      Thanks, I need to watch it again myself!!

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      • florence larsen September 18, 2019 at 2:12 PM #

        Juju – that was a fabulous travelogue – how lucky to get the rialto all to yourself – magical Venice!

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      • blogginginitaly September 18, 2019 at 2:36 PM #

        I know, it was pretty amazing being alone on the bridge and yes, always and ever magical Venice!!🤗

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