Venice: Images and Reflections

Venice ItalyHello everyone and thank you for all your wonderful comments on Venice Week!

For the final installment, I’ve brought you a special treat.

Many of you know that my husband David is a marvelous photographer (and the unwavering champion of my creative endeavors). For several months, he has been working on a new project which has now been released: Venice, Images and Reflections, a spectacular 240-page, multi-media travel e-book featuring five videos and 300 of his gorgeous photographs of Venice. I asked him if I could share a few images and the intro video from the book with you here:

The book is filled with amazing panoramas, unusual details, and classic but unique views of Venice.

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Lion of Venice

Many days during our trip, we set off in different directions, so D’s photographs cover areas I didn’t even visit. And he gained access to photograph many seldom seen interiors:

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Hotel Danieli interior, Venice, Italy

Included are chapters focusing on gondolas and gondoliers, including wonderful scenes of “off duty” gondoliers, and Venetian residents going about their daily lives. My favorite chapter is devoted entirely to D’s photographs of the ever-changing, impressionistic and enchanting reflections to be found throughout the city:

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Venice reflections

reflections of laundry in Venice Italy

If Venice has captivated you, but a trip to the city is not in your near future, this book will transport you there.

It is available in an iBooks version for the iPad, ePub version for other readers and in a printed version.

– You can download a very generous sample and also purchase the iBooks version for iPad here.

– You can purchase the ePub (for Kindle, Nook, desktop computer, laptop, etc.) version here.

– A preview of the first 37 pages and the hard copy are available here.

Thank you again for joining us and allowing us to bring our unforgettable trip to Venice to you.

Wishing you a week filled with love, beauty and fulfillment.

much love,

G

(If you missed my earlier Venice posts you can find them here, here, here and here.)

Venice: The Grand Canal

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The Grand Canal from the Accademia Bridge

Angel carving, Rialto Bridge

Blue sky and clouds, Grand Canal from the Accademia Bridge

Palazzi, Grand Canal

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Grand Canal from the Ponte degli Scalzi

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Gondolier on the Grand Canal

In 1495, the French Ambassador to Venice called the Grand Canal “the most beautiful street in the world.” Beautiful, unique and mesmerizing to this day.

Have a beautiful weekend, dear friends. I will be back on Sunday with the wrap up to Venice Week and a very special surprise.

much love,

G

Venice: Tea at Caffe Florian

Caffe Florian, Venice

Caffe Florian Venice Italy

Caffe Florian, Venice Italy

Caffe Florian, Venice, Italy

Caffe Florian, Venice, Italy

Coffee and cake, Caffe Florian, Venice

Caffe Florian, Venice Italy

Caffe Florian, Venice Italy

Caffe Florian, Venice italy

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.

much love,

G

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