Sunday, January 25, 2015

Venice in Winter

Canal Grande
Twilight soccer, Campo San Giacomo 

Titian, Basilica dei Frari

Canals, calles, and campos.
The continuous echo of church bells and lacy palazzos. 
Venetian red.  The Bridge of Sighs.
Boats and cobblestones, no cars.
An empty museum.
 Ethereal, fragile.

32 comments:

  1. Stunning. I just told my husband the other day that I want to go there....soon. I bet you can feel the history, and my gosh, the old faded colors are breathtaking.

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    1. Sarah, you would love it. Italy was made for you.

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  2. Hello Jen,

    This is a most magical city. And, what perfectly chosen images you have here to capture the beguiling sights, scents and sounds that are to be discovered in the narrow streets and languid canals.

    How we wish to be there. Venice, in all its seasons never fails to amaze and captivate. It steals one's heart and never returns it!

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    1. It truly is a fairy tale city< Jane and Lance. The only other time I was there was summer and so crowded, and I never really got oriented. This time I went everywhere and found some of the hidden treasures as well as the more obvious ones. Oh and there were only 5 other people in the Gallerie D'Accademia with me! (9 a.m. on a winter Monday) It was glorious to have the art to myself.

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  3. Hello Jen, You have captured an amazing quality of light in these photos, a thin, winter, at-dusk quality that adds a great deal of atmosphere. In all this stillness, it seems that the entire city is resting and restoring its energies for the crush of activity that will soon resume.
    --Jim

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    1. A perfect description, Jim. I have joined the fans of Venice in winter.

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  4. How utterly lovely. I have only ever spent one day there, and your photos are sending me right back.

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    1. There's nowhere quite like it, Mise.

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  5. these capture the it's ethereal moments very well. lovely.


    www.inkandchai.co.uk

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  6. How a lovely place ! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos !
    Greetings

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  7. Beautiful! You took some stunning photos. We may go later this year but want to go in the Fall or Winter too, less people :)

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  8. Thanks Amelia. I'm all for off-season traveling!

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    1. It wasn't my idea, but I'm glad I did. Fall is perfect for the more rural parts of Italy, but for heavily touristed cities and museums winter is the way to go for me from now on.

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  10. I loooooove Venice. I've been there once, in early spring, and it was oh so cold but also fairly empty and mysterious and wonderful. especially in the evenings. fantastic pictures. I'm so glad you went :)

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  11. Your canal photo looks like an oil painting. How do you do texture with a camera?
    I have only been in summer, the magic you show us was not as visible.

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    1. Venice does the texture herself. Just me and my little camera phone. No filters.
      It's a different creature in summer, the only other time I've been, when all I did was crowd avoidance.

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  12. Beautiful photos and beautiful description. I long to return again ...

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  13. We were there in October. Crowds of people. A Japanese couple were just married and having photographs taken on the Grand Canal. She looked like a frothy cake. Perfect.

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  14. Dear Jen.. So pleased and happy to have a blog-friend through whom I can live vicariously. Your photos are stunning! Who could resist the beauty of those canals? Thinking of you ...stay warm and cozy!

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    1. I know what you mean, Susan. I have seen so many wonderful parts of the world through reading blogs. Something I never expected, and such a treat. It truly is a world wide web.

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  15. Hello Jen
    Your images are wonderful. I have had the pleasure of spending time in Venice during Winter and it can be very cold, as you well know. The light is spectacular during winter and we painted when there.
    Thanks for sharing
    Helen xx

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    1. We were fortunate with the weather Helen--in the 40's and no rain. I was actually hoping for a during of snow!

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  16. I was just talking with a friend yesterday about Venice, she has been there a few times and was telling me about her trips.
    I think it would be a dream to experience it

    Janice

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    1. Hi Janice--There is a bit of a fairy tale quality to Venice!

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