Venice is haunted, there is no question about it. Whether literally, or figuratively, scant imagination is required to envision the spirits of past inhabitants, from Marco Polo to Vivaldi, Canaletto to Turner. Remnants abound of the lives of poets, musicians, lovers, painters and explorers. Indeed, our apartment was across the Grand Canal from Ca’ Rezzonico, where Robert Browning breathed his last.
A most memorable event was celebrating David’s birthday, which fell a few days after we arrived. Rubbing historical elbows with the ghosts of Casanova, Byron, Goethe, Proust and Dickens, we had a luxurious tea at Caffe Florian on the Piazza San Marco. Established in 1720, Caffe Florian was the only coffee house in Venice that allowed women, hence Casanova’s endorsement of the locale.
Tea at Florian is an absolute (and yes, touristy) must-do in Venice. The jaw-dropping decor, the cushy but cramped velvet booths, the delicious but outrageously over-priced menu, the laughably surly waiters – we loved it all! How could you not, in such surroundings?
And then, into the night, to photograph the magic, mystery and even perhaps a few lingering ghosts, of Venezia.
Thank you for joining along! More to come tomorrow.
I have a great love for Gothic arches and architectural details. Do you, too? Venice is a visual feast in this regard. Although not all are purely Gothic, and can include many other styles and influences, somehow, in the incredible medley of Venetian architecture, there is great harmony and astonishing beauty. I take little credit for these images – accolades instead are due the Venetians, who for centuries envisioned and created this splendor. I feel privileged to record and share it.
Thank you for visiting and joining in for Venetian Week here. I’ll be back tomorrow with more!
The sad news and shocking scenes of the floods in Italy prompted me to step up my efforts in editing and sharing photos from our trip to Venice in April. And so, I have a treat for you. In fact, several treats. Every day this week I will be bringing more Venetian photos and on Sunday, a VERY special surprise!
And if you missed the release of my Venice calendar, it’s available now here.
My thoughts and prayers to everyone suffering from the aftermath of storms in Italy and the US.
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