The poet Byron coined the name “The Bridge of Sighs” (top photo) for the bridge leading the condemned from the Venetian courts to the prisons on the other side. The views from the windows were the last many saw of their beloved Venice. It is a particularly haunting location in a city filled with ghostly memories and faded dreams.
Venice is a place of great contrasts – opulent yet crumbling, elegant yet simple, flamboyant yet secretive. There exists nowhere like it on Earth – it is thus endlessly fascinating.
Thank you, friends, for taking the time to visit – I hope you enjoy the images and that they bring something of the atmosphere of La Serenissima.
much love, g
p. s. I hope you will forgive my continued absence from visiting many of you. You know it’s not my usual way. It bothers me greatly but I’m traveling again in a few days and fear I will not reach you all before I go. Trust that I look forward to it when I return, envisioning a long summer of sharing and catching up. Meanwhile, I’ve prepared flowery and fun posts for you during the time I’m away. Wishing you a lovely end of May! xoxo
Hello, friends! While I continue to edit the almost embarrassing riches of our photographs of Venice, I wanted to say hi with a few more spring images that have recently gone into my shop. (Those on my mailing list have seen some of these already.) We’ve had gorgeous, summery weather in Seattle so we’ve escaped to the garden often – tidying up, taking photos or working from laptops and iPads.
I admit it’s taking me much longer than anticipated to get back to my regular blogging schedule, between travel, shooting the bounty of blossoms here and recent house guests. And soon I’ll be traveling again. But, I will have another Venice post up this week for you with favorite images from the city. For a sneak peek, you can check here!
Thinking of you, as always, and sending fondest wishes for a fabulous week.
with love, – g
Venice first captivated me during a cold, brief, middle-of-the-night visit one March many years ago. In a way, that misty, surreal stroll through eerily quiet streets was a fitting introduction to this most hauntingly unique city.
Following that night, I wrote a story about the ghosts I’d imagined accompanying me through the empty streets – the adventurers, explorers, writers, painters and scores of others – the brilliant, the famous, the infamous – who’d lived in and been inspired by the outrageous beauty that is Venice. La Serenissima always beckoned me back to fulfill a long-held dream. And after all these years, I now have the images to join with the words.
As expected, we have many photos to share. Here, a few of my initial favorites:
I hope you have been well. Thank you so much for all your visits and comments. They are more than appreciated and I’ll be catching up over the next few days. Ciao! xo – g