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A to Z Challege: V is for Venice

By Sunday, April 26, 2015 , , ,

This post originally appeared as part of the A to Z Challenge, and was called 'V is for Venice'.

Venice was one of those places I thought looked beautiful, but never planned on visiting. It was just too expensive, too touristy, too smack dab in the middle of the beaten path.

And then I got sent there for work. Originally for a week, but it got extended to 9 days after a slight change in work plans.

It was wonderful, one of the most rewarding places I've visited in terms of atmosphere. Just walking to between our hotel and where we worked took us over the Grand Canal Sometimes I find that famous destinations feel like almost any other city or town once you're there, but Venice was always only Venice.

We were lucky that for this project only one of us needed to be there at a time once the equipment was set up. It gave me plenty of time to wander the labyrinth of alleyways that lead to deserted squares and steeple-less marble churches.

You find yourself walking down narrow cobbled streets, past flowered balconies only a meter above the water, past tourist shops here are full of  beautiful masks and glass balloons that look so charming in bright bunches, some in heart shapes.

We spent the first night there watching gondolas pass under us, a singer belting out familiar ballads, aggressively flourishing a vibrato to the night.

It does get quite crowded. I was there in late October and can only imagine what it was like in the summer. San Marco's square would be thronging with crabby tourists, impatient locals, richly dressed Italians, and a few couple posing for professional photographers most hours of the day. Try to get there early if you can.

Even though we were there in October and the weather was cool, some day were quite sticky until a cool breeze off of the lagoon blew the humidity away.

Masks watch you from store windows, filigree and sparkles, luxurious and mysterious.

I walked down a deserted street and peered through a doorway. Up a flight of stairs I saw these dresses as far as I know there was no museum or theatre - just another hidden treasure of Venice.

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  1. Your pictures of Venice are lovely. I was only there for a day or so, but in that time I figured out pretty quickly that it would be easy to get lost in all of the alley ways!

  2. Your photos are beautiful. I think we went through Venice too quickly to really properly enjoy it.

  3. That is so fantastic to be able to travel so widely for work! Venice is gorgeous and you took some beautiful photos. I never thought of it being humid and sticky but it makes sense now. :) Thanks for linking up at the Monday Mash-Up!