Dreams of Venice

Venice Venezia gondolas gondole things to see in Venice

In looking for photos for the next #DolceVitaBloggers linkup tomorrow, I ended up looking at some of my photos of Venice. That’s when I realized that that visit was 16 years ago today. We had gone to Venice for the day, not really thinking that the day was a holiday (Epiphany/Befana). As a result, many shops and restaurants were closed. One restaurant, in particular, that G had hoped to visit was sadly closed.

It may not have been the most convenient day to visit, but in the end, it may have still been one of the best. A cold day in the first week of January meant fewer tourists. As a result, we were able to wander around, getting lost but not getting lost, and simply enjoying the beautiful scenery without jostling with hordes of tourists.

Venice truly is beautiful, especially on a relatively quiet day like the one we experienced. The canals, the architecture, the dreamy nature of the city were all there. And a few shops were still open, so I was able to buy a Murano black cat glass sculpture from a gift shop, even if we didn’t get to head over to the actual glass-making island that day. Something for another trip!

Even though I was using a film camera at the time (I told you it was 16 years ago), I still ended up with some of my favorite photos that day. The gondolas, of course, were ridiculously picturesque, but the real treasure was getting some photos of the Ca’ D’Oro around this time of late afternoon with the setting sun causing parts of the building to glow as if literally covered in gold. I had seen the palazzo earlier in the day and it was already stunning. Seeing it again lit by the sun was a dream come true.

A picture is worth a thousand words and I’m short on words today, so I hope you enjoy some of these photos I took in Venice 16 years ago today.

Venice Venezia gondolas gondole things to see in Venice
Venice Venezia gondolas gondole things to see in Venice
Venice Venezia gondolas gondole things to see in Venice
Venice Venezia gondolas gondole things to see in Venice
Venice Venezia gondolas gondole things to see in Venice
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Venice Venezia gondolas gondole things to see in Venice
Venice Venezia gondolas gondole things to see in Venice

Venice Venezia gondolas gondole things to see in VeniceCa D’Oro during the day.

 

Venice Venezia gondolas gondole things to see in Venice
Ca’ D’Oro in the setting sun.

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5 comments

    1. Thank you! Film does definitely give a different look. I just wish I’d had more skill and understanding at the time to take some better photos with my film version of a point and shoot. 😉 But Venice does make it ridiculously easy to get some nice photos.




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    1. Thank you! It really is stunning and pretty special, even if you’re just wandering around for a day. I would love to go back and see more of it. My only main aim that day was the Ca’ D’Oro. Everything else was just icing on the cake for me that day.




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