22 January 2013

venice | is like ...

... eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.
- Truman Capote

Work is somewhat kicking my butt these days and, pathetically, I am still recovering from staying up to watch the very fabulous Djokovic/Wawrinka Australian Open* match on Sunday night, which ran into the wee small hours of the morning (as it was, I didn't quite make it to the end and passed out at 1.30am).  Because, you know, sitting around and watching those two slog it out for over five hours was very tiring for me.

* also known as the time of year when many Australians - myself and my Honorary Australian included - become tennis-obsessed, only to revert to their former, tennis-apathetic selves once the Open concludes.

Anyway, the real point of all this rambling is to post some photographs of Venice.  Thinking about the city, I wondered if anyone other than a true Venetian can ever really get to know it all that well; all those alleyways and canals, the surprise of suddenly stumbling into an open piazza ... I came across this quote (apparently I am in a quote-y sort of mood this evening) and it describes the city perfectly:

No matter what you set out for as you leave your house here, you are bound to get lost in these long, coiling lanes and passageways that beguile you to see them through, to follow them to their elusive end, which usually hits the water, you can't even call it a cul-de-sac.
- Iosif Brodskij, Watermark



17 comments:

  1. SO perfect! i am dying to go back so badly x

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  2. Wow! These photos are stunning! Venise is like a dream.

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  3. These photos LITERALLY took my breath away. I completely fell in love with Venice years ago and you just reminded me why. So much beauty.

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  4. Bella Venezia... bellissima!! Even when it´s flooded it´s still a beauty, a jewel! I got strong ties with the city since my grandparents come from there. I wish I´m able to visit it soon! I love the angles you choose to photograph the gondole!!!

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  5. Beautiful city, as usual, beautifully shown by you. I really want to go there one day, in fact Italy, in general, has been *sorely* lacking from my travels.

    I don't know if you've ever seen the BBC series on Venice by Francesco da Mosto, an historian and aristocrat whose family have lived there for a thousand years? (How ruddy cool is that!?). We loved it and I suspect you might too - I'm sure it must be available on Amazon as a pressie to yourselves. :)

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  6. Not sure which venice series I like the most. Venice by night must be charming, and wandering around without a map such an adventure but ohhh the photos above are so so beautiful. Yes, I must go to venice. Definitely.

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  7. <3333333333333333 Oh, I love these photos. Also, I have also become obsessed with tennis!

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  8. what a great place to go!!! i love venice.. i hope soon u'll go to Malaysia. a nice place to go.

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  9. Gah, the tennis. (Gah, sports in general.) I used to be mad for this time of year but I've lost total interest. I don't even know who any of them are anymore!

    When I was in Venice, it was the height of summer and 40 degrees. All those tourists, stuffed into those alleyways, all that stinking produce at the market ... Besides all that, it really is one of the most bewitching cities I've ever been to. You've captured it perfectly.

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  10. ah, magical!

    we've had to tennis on here too :)

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  11. I really must go to Venice- sooooooo beautiful you capture it devinely xxCorrina.

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  12. stunning photos, Venice must feel magical because it looks it.

    I love tennis, although I generally only watch it during the slams. I don't generally stay up till the finals because I adore early mornings and I suck at staying up late and getting up early.

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  13. These photos are so beautiful, Venice looks amazing. Love all the old buildings & the water_ and how you've captured it. I am curious about the photos with the shallow water & people wearing gum boots- is that usual? Do you have to pack gumboots when visiting Venice?

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    1. Thanks Leanne! I think that the mild floods are quite common (in between the significant ones!). We didn't pack gumboots, but if we had wanted to buy some, there were many, many places selling them (at what I'm sure was a premium). The city does set up elevated walkways for people to get around but I suppose the gumboots make it a lot easier :)

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  14. Your photos have taken my breath away! They really capture Venice so beautifully <3 I have added a link to your site from my blog - hope that's ok :) x

    http://lilyinthelabyrinth.blogspot.com

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  15. Great photos!! I recognized some places (and even some photos very similar to those I've captured - or, I beleive, everyone captures those in Venice... - the wall, the bridge, the piazza). I love the colours of the City on your photos - just beautiful!

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  16. You make me miss Venice so much. Gorgeous, gorgeous shots. I love that one of the narrow street!

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