12.07.2009 - 13.07.2009
Many people have written about Venice. You can google search and I'm sure that you'll find thousands of descriptions of this lovely 'water-world' of a city. I have been in Venice for just 24 hours now and I can say that it is everything you have read and more.
I totally love it here.
It reminds me of the feelings that I have sitting at Mom's next to the water with the sound of the waves hitting the sea-wall, and the soft hum of the boats as they pass through. The sounds that I imagine must have been all around me as I was growing up in my younger years living at the lake.
I have always loved being near the water. It calms and relaxes me and makes me feel at 'home' more than anything. I felt the same way in Hoi An Vietnam.
Venice is also a photographers dream.... I don't think that you could take a bad picture in Venice if you wanted to. The charm of the canals, the moss lined foundations, slight fishy smells mixed with Italian bakeries and pasta's, paint chipping of of the buildings exposing bare bricks with small splashes of color from a lonley planter placed in a random window, shutters closed or open with rusted hinges and exposed wood, colors of muted coral, mustard yellow, dingy gray or sunset orange, all with red spanish tiled roofs. Each in themselves would be drab and uninteresting. When you combine them with a splash of sunlight at just the right angle, the glimmer of the canal alongside and the vibrant colored boats....it's like a dream.
As I am writing this, I am sitting at the caffe' right next to our hotel sipping on a glass of wine, facing the water and watching the world pass by. It's about 4:30 in the afternoon and the scene is one that I want to take with me and hold onto forever....