April Afternoon in 2006
Venice is a magical city. Built on 118 small Islands in the
Italian marchlands on the coast between the rivers Po and
Piave. With all the canals and bridges and beautiful
buildings it takes us back to the time of the great
travellers and merchants of old.
Located on the northernmost part of the Adriactic it
is also known as the “Queen of the Adriatic”. It is without
a doubt one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the
Venezia like the Italians calls it goes with many other
names: City of Canals, City of Bridges and City of Masks to
name a few.
I visited Venice a long time ago and not get the chance
again. This time with a camera. Although it is only for an
afternoon I got to enjoy the city and some of the magic it
As I drive the road over to Venice Italy a whole new world opens up.
No cars are allowed in the city and the fastest way to go between places has
to be by boat on the canals that are obviously the blood veins of Venice. No
wonder it is often called “City of Canals”.
Sun is getting low and I try and make the best of it. Only a couple of hours
until the light is gone and all photo opportunity is gone.
Venice is highly targeted to foreign visitors. Numerous shops with
traditional theater masks and other more traditional tourist memorabilia.
With almost 300 thousand people living in the City – actually living in all
the aging buildings and surrounded by history – it sure sounds like an exotic
Venice is a quiet and beautiful city…
…and many of the shops have so amazing displays. I easily feel like
stepping back in time or into a movie.
Gondolas are still used – now mostly by romantic couples and other tourists.
The Grand Canal with the church Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute.
A typical entrance to a Venetian house with friendly brick walls and iron
railings and the aging door.
Masks of all colors and forms. They are hand painted and in some cases
handmade and are traditionally used for the Carnival of Venice but are also a
great attraction for visitors. I bought one to take home and I can tell you it
is not the easiest object to take on a plane.
San Marco or St. Marks Basilica is the most famous of the churches is Venice.
Raised almost 1000 years ago in the magnificent Byzantine style and with
decorations in pure gold it is no wonder people come to see it.
Details of San Marco.
A visit to Venice should be on your list of
things to experience with your own eyes.
Venice – Italy. Walking around the city is just like
taking a step back in time. In the old town there are no cars allowed
and the only way to go about is by walking the narrow pathways and
bridges or hitching a ride on the canals in one of the gondolas.