Venice: Lord Byron’s View

Venice, Italy by Georgianna Lane

Venice, Italy by Georgianna Lane

Venice, Italy by Georgianna Lane

Venice, Italy by Georgianna Lane

Venice, Italy by Georgianna Lane

The apartment we rented in Venice this last trip occupied the top floor of the Palazzo Mocenigo Vecchio, one of a complex of historic palaces on the Grand Canal once owned by the powerful Mocenigo family. During his time in Venice, in 1818, the poet Lord Byron lived in this complex, just next door to our apartment, and, as I gazed and dreamed out the windows, I imagined him seeing the same sights – the ever-changing light and patterns of the water, the parade of life on the canals and the mesmerizing beauty of this impossible city.

But don’t be too impressed by our peripheral contact with Byron. As romantic as it is to daydream about sharing a location with such an illustrious character, it’s difficult not to have such encounters in Venice. Famous name dropping can be a full time activity there as at any moment you are walking in the footsteps of great musicians, painters, poets and writers who have been inspired and maybe maddened trying to capture her elusive magic. Just one of the addictive aspects of La Serenissima, a city that has gotten so under my skin that the only antidote is to start dreaming about the next visit. :)

And at home, our property is bright with narcissus and abundant spring-time beauties pushing up from the earth that I’ll be sharing next.

I do thank you for joining me in Venice. I thought of you so much while there.

love,

G

Venice: Masquerade

Carnival Costume, Venice, Italy, by Georgianna Lane

Carnival Costume, Venice, Italy, by Georgianna Lane

Carnival Tent, Venice, Italy, by Georgianna Lane

Carnival Costume, Venice, Italy, by Georgianna Lane

Carnival Costume, Venice, Italy, by Georgianna Lane

Carnival Costume, Venice, Italy, by Georgianna Lane

Carnival Costume, Venice, Italy, by Georgianna Lane

Carnival Costume, Venice, Italy, by Georgianna Lane

Carnival Costume, Venice, Italy, by Georgianna Lane

Carnival Costume, Venice, Italy, by Georgianna Lane

Carnival Costume, Venice, Italy, by Georgianna Lane

Carnival Costume, Venice, Italy, by Georgianna Lane

Carnival Costume, Venice, Italy, by Georgianna Lane

Carnival Costume, Venice, Italy, by Georgianna Lane

Carnival Costume, Venice, Italy, by Georgianna Lane

Carnival Costume, Venice, Italy, by Georgianna Lane

Carnival Costume, Venice, Italy, by Georgianna Lane

Carnival Costume, Venice, Italy, by Georgianna Lane

Just a small selection of the astonishing variety of costumes and masks being worn by one and all during Carnevale (doggies included). They were photographed over several days, mostly at dawn with soft light reflecting off the water and filling Piazza San Marco. Bleaker weather has now arrived, with rain and wind whipping the decorated tents and creating a less festive atmosphere so we are very happy that we rose before sunrise for these images. Ciao!

xo

G

Venice: Grand Days

The Grand Canal, Venice, by Georgianna Lane

Masqueraders, Venice, by Georgianna Lane

Hand-blown glass chandelier, Venice, by Georgianna Lane

Dawn, Venice, by Georgianna Lane

Canal, Venice, by Georgianna Lane

Twinkle Lights, Venice, by Georgianna Lane

A quick buongiorno, my friends, from (mostly) sunny Venezia, where Carnevale is in full swing and the streets are festooned in fairy lights. It’s marvelous to be back (although my travel nemesis, jet lag, has put a crimp in my night shooting so far). More to come!

I hope you are all well.

Ciao!

G

p. s. I’m sharing some videos and other photos at Instagram so do follow along there, too. @georgiannalane

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