As Long As I Gaze At Venetian Sunset, I Am In Paradise

15:28:00 Sophia Rosemary 3 Comments

Wow, ok so this post as been a long time coming. I don't know what it is about the new year but I'm finding it increasingly hard to catch up with it! As soon as Christmas ended, it was all systems go and I've not had a moment to sit down and just be, or go through my Venice photos if we're getting down to the nitty gritty. And by "go through my Venice photos", I am in fact referring to all 350 plus of them... What can I say it's an awfully photogenic city and the camera loves it, well at least mine definitely did anyway. Yes over 350 photos, which I whittled down to 224 pre editing. So that's 224 edited and then I dwindled it down a little further until I reached 101 and I became unstuck, I couldn't bare not to share a single one of the carefully selected, still kinda sizeable collection of snaps. And so I'm posting you the lot! Because a apparently a photo tells you a thousand words, which when you do the maths equates to 101,000 words. Thats a lot of typing. I am not J K Rowling and this is not the Harry Potter Saga. Besides, I honestly don't think I have a single word within my vocabulary which would truly reflect just how beautiful Venice is, so if you don't mind I'll let the pictures do most of the talking (she says, rambling on with herself).
Being of half Italian (no I can't talk the language, unless you want to know the word for pencil and yes I'm bitter about that fact) on my dads side I'm lucky enough to have visited Italy on numerous occasions as a little girl and every single memory is a fond one (apart from the one time a dog chased me into the sea in Rimini, I'm scared of the sea and funnily enough crazed, girl hungry dogs, but we will leave that for another time) and remember even as a youngster being able to appreciate how lovely Italy is. A few years back I visited Rome and well, I fell head over strappy sandals in love. There's something about Rome which is inimitable from any other city. I was sure of it. The buildings, the streets, the people, the food (duh) and the atmosphere were just, if not better than you would anticipate from the ancient city. I honestly believed, for me nowhere else in the world would ever compare. And I've got to say in terms of European cities, Rome always stayed firmly at the the top. But then Venice happened... 
I've got admit I've always wanted to visit Venice, but one very, very large factor has always stopped me. I'm absolutely, completely and utterly irrationally, petrified of water (as vaguely mentioned above in the Rimini/crazed dog story). Ironic, seeing as I'm a Pisces but there you have it. And so I've always held off going, but it was the one place myself and Joe could decide on that we'd both never been to, plus it was off season so it wouldn't be too touristy (if you take anything from this post, please let it be to visit Venice off season. It's still touristy, but far more manageable. I hear summer is intense. Just saying). And decision well made. I was so in awe of the city that my fear took second priority. 
 
One of my favourite films "Don't Look Now" is set in Venice and after visiting I now see why and realise the city truly is the leading role. There's a mystery and magic to Venice that you can't quite put your finger on, it's like someone dreamed this place up and there it was. Whether your sipping tea amongst the ornate interior of Caffe Florian, being snap happy on the Instagrammable island of Burano, gazing out over Rialto Bridge at the dusky pink sunset (yes that's right, in the evening the city turns into a Wes Anderson colour scheme of dusky pinks contrasted with the waters teal blue) or simply getting lost within the maze of tiny streets and hidden alleyways, you can't help but feel seriously spellbound. I'm not so fickle that I'd throw my number one love Rome off the top spot, but it certainly now has to share it and with that...

Enjoy the photographs, all 101.

Sophia x

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3 comments:

  1. Venice is a glorious city, we went in the off season too and I fell in love. I'd similar problems to you - so many pictures! They're still wonderful to look at and I would return to Venice in a heartbeat. The food was also rather epic, plus the place I feel in love with Prosecco (yes, it was quite a few years ago). I loved scrolling through your images, lots of memories.

    Honestly Aine

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  2. This is a lovely post and makes me want to visit Venice. I <3 Italy! Please could you tell me what you use to edit all of your amazing photos? xx

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