Monday, September 12, 2011

Views of Venice

To be honest, I was a bit disheartened when I stepped off the train in Venice, Italy. Sauna-like conditions greeted my travel-weary body, and as I viewed the throngs of people I was momentarily blinded by all the humanity. My romantic expectations were instantly dashed by reality. Dragging my heavy bags, we joined the crowd pushing towards the water bus, boarded, and collapsed onto plastic seats.
I oriented myself towards the open window letting the cool ocean breeze calm my stress and my humor. At first all I saw was the cruise ship--the mother of the masses--and the stark, almost treeless, city. Brian sensed my mood and with his optimistic wisdom reminded me how blessed we were to actually be in Venice together.
I knew he was right. Slowly, I forced my perspective to change as we motored down the Grand Canal. My eyes gradually began to see and appreciate the unique opportunity, the history, and the extraordinary beauty that is Venezia.
After settling into our hotel room, hand in hand, we began to explore.
We took in the usual tourist spots, of course, but our goal was always away from the crowds. Passage through the "streets" of Venice is done via canal or pedestrian walkway. Some are wider than others.
I enjoyed discovering where the real Venetians live.
There seemed to be a church on every corner. 
It was easy to get lost navigating the numerous streets, but with map in hand we criss-crossed the city. Next up: the islands of Murano and Burano where the colors are absolutely brilliant.

18 comments:

Lacy@uphillandsmiling said...

These pictures are AMAZING!! The colors are so vibrant. I hope you have a great time together -- it makes me excited to think of the future when I can go travel somewhere -- even if that is to see the reality of another place and enjoy the blessing I have. :) Thanks for sharing.

Deb said...

I appreciated you expressing your initial travel stress. That's so real. And then you show the progression to fun discoveries and scenes of beauty. Love it!

Sue said...

Those colors and textures are amazing.

=)

Ginger said...

Venice is the top place I want to visit someday. I'm so glad you were able to go!

I absolutely love all of your photos! I would love to know who all of the statues are supposed to be on that church... The twelve apostles maybe? It looks like there is a woman there as well... maybe Mary? I can't make out the ones on the top of the church. Oh... I would love to see that for myself! I would also maybe think Paul could be one of them since he spent so much time there...
Now I want to know what church that is! :)

Susan R said...

Absolutely stunning photos. I so want to go to Italy, even more so now seeing your lovely photos.

Valerie said...

Gorgeous photography!!!!
Love your description of your first impression...and you did a fantastic job of showing that progression of your emotions with the photos.

Cherie said...

Venice is a fun city to explore!! I didn't realize you had already left on your trip. I am so excited for you guys :-D

Ed Pilolla said...

these images took me back to venice. i totally agree. i needed several hours to get used to the throng of humanity all over the place, and of which i was a part. once i adjusted, i went away from the square, but i actually got lost and was mildly concerned as it was sunset. but i made it:)
wonderful photos. i felt the real venice in them.
what's funny is that i hopped here from reena's place where i went all nostalgic from her early autumn maine shots.
so now i feel like i've been on a trip to new england and italy:)

missing moments said...

Venice is beautiful and your pics sure show it. Off the beaten path is where all the best sites and folks are. Seems you found it! We took a audio walking tour which we downloaded from the web before we left. It was an excellent way to see Venice.

Jennilyn said...

Lucky! Thanks for sharing your trip! Can't wait to see what you find through your camera next!

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

Hi Julie, We missed you so much at our get-together! These photos are AMAZING! Did you shoot these yourself?! Glorious!

Warmly, Michelle

Mom to Many said...

What a fun trip!
I don't look forward to my kids continuing to grow up, but look for adventures for two!
Glad you had one!

Kristin said...

I am loving the photos from your Europe trip! Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous - what a wonderful experience!

Kristin

Suzanne said...

Love these gorgeous photos. I'm struck by all the beautiful colors!

Marianne said...

Good job picking your tired self up and enjoying Venice!! It just looks so beautiful.

Garden of Egan said...

That is so amazing!
I can't even imagine the crowds.
It is awesome to be able to be their together!
I love the pictures, but especially I love the last one!

Joy For Your Journey said...

I know what you mean! I felt the same way when we got there. And I was really disappointed at how polluted the water ways were. But after a short time I also came to love the place. (Other than the gelato was the most expensive there than anywhere else we visited in Italy.:-) Your pictures are wonderful though! They make it look very beautiful and exciting.

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

These photos are so breathtaking! I'm including this post in my Fab Friday Favorites tomorrow. Thanks so much for sharing them. Please feel free to take an "I Was Featured" button if you'd like.

Warmly, Michelle