Venice: Impressions


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

52 comments


  • Utterly divine… one of my very favourite places on earth.
    :-)
    BB

    May 20, 2012
  • No worries, Georgianna, we're here waiting for you. These pictures of Venezia make me want to finally return there after many years of absence… it would be fabulous to see it through new (wiser, hehe) eyes!
    Hugs and have a safe journey.

    May 20, 2012
  • Sigh, sigh, sigh! Just beautiful as usual :)

    May 20, 2012
  • beautiful photos…..beautiful city full of magic, and wrapped in an atmosphere of fairy tale….
    virginia from Italy…

    May 20, 2012
  • What a beautiful pictures. They take me a few years back. I just couldn't stop taking photos. I have crossed the bridge of sighs from the inside and saw the horrible small prisons. Very creepy place.
    You are so right, there is no other place like Venice.

    May 20, 2012
  • Oh Georgianna, this is breathtaking. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Bye,
    Marian

    May 20, 2012
  • It's hard to make Italy look more beautiful than it already is…but you did just that! Love your use of blur to draw the eye tot he focal point. It's magic.

    May 20, 2012
  • Beautiful. Venice is one of our all time favorite places. We have many memories from our 6 day stay in 1973. Thank you so much for these beautiful visions which bring back those memories.

    Have another wonderful time away.

    FlowerLady

    May 20, 2012
  • simplemente FANTASTICO!!!

    May 20, 2012
  • omg….. this place is AMAZING n sooo beautiful.
    its 1 of my fav. places :)

    May 20, 2012
  • Your two posts on Venice are truly magical as I knew they would be, you have truly captured the atmosphere.

    May 20, 2012
  • What stunning photos…I hope to visit Venice one day. Safe travels to you!

    May 20, 2012
  • Your photos are amazing, inspiring, calming, and magical! Safe trip:)

    May 20, 2012
  • beautiful … thank you for sharing the photos from Venice and enjoy your text trip ;-)

    May 20, 2012
  • wow……all so beautiful!!!!

    May 20, 2012
  • It is enough to just look at your photos and be inspired. Valerie

    May 20, 2012
  • Ahhh, Venice. Its such a treasure and you've captured it so beautifully Georgianna. And this time of year, when beauty grows and flourishes, is so fleeting for you and your camera. It's not at all surprising that you've dashed off again for another photo excursion! There are no expectations here so enjoy where you are.

    May 20, 2012
  • ahhh…. collective sigh. Have a wonderful trip!

    May 20, 2012
  • Love your impressionistic photos! Gorgeous!
    Enjoy your travel!!

    May 20, 2012
  • Please don't let it bother you. I absolutely love your Venice images. And I love shallow dof. Total gorgeousness.

    May 20, 2012
  • Hello G
    Thanks for sharing these photos of Venice; your time spent there was obviously enjoyed very much. Now that summer's here, many of us don't visit as often as we'd like. However, like good friends, we pick up where we left off when there's time.
    Have a good journey.
    Judith

    May 20, 2012
  • These photos are dreamy. I love the selective focus and the soft creamy blurs in the backgrounds. The soft pastel colours are wonderful. I have been reading a series of books and one was set in Venice but these photos give me a much better visual of the beauty of Venice than that book.

    May 20, 2012
  • You've captured the essence of the city in just a few photos–I was hooked! Hope to get back there someday! The last photo is simply stunning!

    May 20, 2012
  • Gorgeous. Just Beautiful work.

    May 21, 2012
  • All these photos are so beautiful, but I'm really in love with that first one…oh, how pretty! You are so blessed to visit so many wonderful places :)

    May 21, 2012
  • What a beautiful series of photographs Georgianna!
    My definite favorite is the first one. Such a perfect name for it too.
    Wishing you a wonderful trip!
    xo.

    May 21, 2012
  • again here…in busy times and enjoy your wonderful shots from Venice…so lovley…soft and dreamy…hope you are okay and have a good time…in private and at work…its fine to be here again and let my soul fly a little out from the everyday routine…thanks my dear friend for your sweet looks of life…a big hug, take care and have a magical time whereever you will go…cheers and hugs…i…

    May 21, 2012
  • I love Venice and I love all your photoes!
    I love to see Venice with your eyes..
    Thank you very much!
    Naty

    May 21, 2012
  • Oh, I remember Venice like it was yesterday, even though it was 6 years ago. Hubby was just saying today that we need to plan a return trip. I love that first photo. Bridge of Sighs, right? So, so good, Georgianna!

    May 21, 2012
  • oh you know how much I love Venice and want to go back!!!
    I think your Bridge of Sighs may be the most beautiful version I have ever seen!!

    May 21, 2012
  • Very, very beautiful – both your photography and Venice.

    May 21, 2012
  • I've never been to Venice, but your images are so beautiful they have me itching to visit! You truly captured the atmosphere you described – and the "The Bridge of Sighs" is so haunting! I can only imagine how those people felt when making that final journey … What incredible history and architecture.

    Thank you for sharing!
    ~Kelly

    May 22, 2012
  • Venice in your photos is even more beautiful! Perfect…
    xo
    simonetta
    you are in my Italy

    May 22, 2012
  • Your photos are so delightful, I adore the blurr in them ! I love them all but the 3rd, the 5th and the last one are my favourites. It's such a great place with amazing architecture, colours and history. It must be magical to be there and see all the beauty of that great city.
    Don't worry about not having time to visit the blogs, it happens to all of us and spring and summer are very busy seasons with all the gardening and travels. I hope you have a great time in your next travel !

    May 22, 2012
  • Love your photos from Venice. They are all very beautiful! Thank you for sharing. :) Have a lovely trip! xo

    May 22, 2012
  • Your photographs are absolutely beautiful. They look as dreamy as Venice. I love the quote about the bridge of sighs. How romantic.
    Karen

    May 23, 2012
  • Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Have a wonderful trip, Georgianna! I can't wait to see where you'll take us next. :)
    Ada

    May 23, 2012
  • loving the bokeh in all these lovely shots!

    May 23, 2012
  • Great serie…
    Best regards from France,

    Pierre

    May 23, 2012
  • Enjoy your next trip….Venice it seems to seep into your soul :)you capture it so well G
    Carla x

    May 24, 2012
  • Ahhhhhhhhhhh……….

    My heart has been waiting for this. Love you, dear G.

    May 24, 2012
  • The many faces of Venice..! It always looks different, and I love to see it through your eyes!
    I wish you a wonderful journey and eager to see what you'd come up with next!

    Dear Georgianna, I've just stumbled upon this book "The Venice Experiment: A Year of Trial and Error Living Abroad "; the cover is intriguing and it has positive feedbacks. I thought you might be especially interested :)
    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12287450-the-venice-experiment

    Take care,
    Hugs,
    Zara

    May 25, 2012
  • Yay, more Venezia! :) I love seeing my beloved home country through your lenses, Georgianna! Thanks so much.
    I really like the blur effect on you images, so dreamy!
    Safe travels to you.

    May 25, 2012
  • There's the Bridge of Sighs! I love these photos, thanks for sharing.

    May 27, 2012
  • I love Venice and i love your pictures even more!
    Happy memorial weekend my friend!: )

    May 27, 2012
  • OMG this post is beyond divine:) I love your blog so much.
    Come back and visit me soon.

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se
    (sweden)

    May 29, 2012
  • Gorgeous shots G. Do I see some with your new Lensbaby???

    May 31, 2012
  • Dearest sweet G, i miss you and i miss visiting you here. I've been feeling under the weather lately and it has stop me from blogging, blog visiting and crafting. I hope to get back into the swing of things soon!
    Your beautiful photos always lift my spirit up and make me happy! Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

    June 2, 2012
  • I have always wanted to visit there…thank you for sharing your lovely photos!

    June 3, 2012
  • Dear Georgianna,

    Your photos of Venice are breathtaking and looks like such a dreamy and romantic City. Thanks for taking us along with you and showing your gorgeous photographs.
    I have never been to Venice, but hope to one day get there.

    Hugs
    Carolyn

    June 3, 2012
  • These are simply dreamy! Can't wait to go there myself one day! As usual, I have been totally sucked into your amazing photographs and have thoroughly enjoyed all of them! Thank you for sharing your gift with us! :) xo.

    June 7, 2012

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