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Magical Venice!

I have always dreamt of Venice like the way made famous by our very own Bollywood films and romantic novels.

Water would lap at the doorsteps of these grand buildings that would stretch on either side of a winding canal. The gondoliers would be dressed in their jaunty striped shirts humming a tune, their gondolas making gentle ripples in the water. If one looked hard enough, one would always find mysterious folks disguised in elaborate Venetian masks running amok while the very air swirled with danger, romance and magic.

I know very cliched but yours truly was very excited about the fact that she would be walking in the most romantic city to see for herself whether there was any truth to those familiar tropes.

Well, the first glimpse of Venice was definitely unlike any other city.

Right outside the train station there was a canal with a vaporetto (water bus) chugging across it. A poster of the Venice Biennale 2019 hung on its side, the very one that made even the famous Banksy invite himself, anonymously of course.

A magnificent church like building shone like a beacon in the backdrop.

The elements that made Venice so unique, were right there.

With just two days in hand, sat or rather stood on the deck of noisy vaporettos that were always packed to the seams. The thrill of floating down the Grand Canal, especially in the evening light was incredible.

I am convinced it was water fengshui at work.

I also discovered Venice was walkable and an awesome way to explore its lesser known sights.

For instance the buildings looked neglected and forlorn (water had reclaimed the ground floor of many), yet they screamed grandeur and grace.

I suppose I will never get over the thrill of witnessing a typical Venetian Rush hour.

Was it serendipity that I chanced upon The Merchant of Venice, in Venice of course.

Thank you William Shakespeare for the introductions.

He lives on !

Were those the masks we wear or was it just quirky window art in the most Italian way possible?

Then the question- what’s a canal without a bridge to write home about?

Rialto Bridge fits the bill perfectly.

Also there was the Bridge of Sighs.

I wish there was a better story behind that name, the kind that involved a lover’s sigh of longing and hope but no such luck. It was more of a prisoner’s sigh of despair.


I definitely perked at the wharf in St Mark’s Square.

The gondolas bobbed gently,

all lined in a row,

the gondoliers calling it a day,

as the sun rides low.

The lofty campanile of St Mark’s Basilica,

No huffing or puffing up the stairs,

It was quick ride up an elevator, worth every euro spared.

The view from the top was absolutely gorgeous,

The square was really stunning,

the white dots were dinner tables,

getting ready for guests.

From the opposite window in the campanile,

The roof of the Basilica di San Marco and beyond.

That answered my question, where do the locals live ?

My most incredible photo has to be of the Basilica in the light of the dying sun.

I witnessed the Aqua Alta, water from the High Tide seeping in.

This was Venezia’s mesmerising beauty wrapped in the inky blues.

Simply magical!

The lights lit up and the cool breeze picked, it was a wondrous land!

In the words of Fran Lebowitz, “If you read a lot, nothing is as great as you’ve imagined. Venice is- Venice is better.”


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29 thoughts on “Magical Venice!

  1. Your love of this magical city shines through your whole post – and some absolutely incredible images you have shared! Thank you for taking us! My favorite has to be the Basilica in the last sun – here we talk true Magic!

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  2. Wow! Sheetal, Venice seems so magical through your eyes. Even with the rising water and the underwater first floors, the grandeur still comes through. I just went to Italy this year for the first time, but I didn’t go to Venice. It will have to be another trip!

    I’ll link this to my next photography post next Thursday. Thanks so much for the link. 😊

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    1. I was smitten. Truthfully, I was told horrifying tales of how Venice was crowded, a tourist trap, utterly overrated and I was prepared for the worst. I was pleasantly surprised to find it wasn’t all like that. The crowds were there and I went through the squashing process in the vaporettos, remained alert like one does anywhere but lived in the moment without the distraction of an Internet connection- the temptation to check the phone was not there. It all added to my experience.


      1. I’m so glad you had a wonderful experience there. I too have heard nightmares about it, and have been hesitant to go. My husband has been before and refuses to ever go back. Your time there sounds marvelous, and your photos reflect that. 😊

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        1. Ok! To be fair there were one odd episodes that did leave a sour taste ( rude people) but on the whole it was a great experience and that’s how I want to remember it as . Incidentally I’m so envious of your globe trotting posts . You are my inspiration Cathy!


        2. I’m sorry about the rude people, Sheetal, but I don’t think Venice is the only place where you’d find those! They can be everywhere, as can kind people. Thanks so much for your compliment. I hope we can be inspiration for each other! 🙂

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    1. Mami , you made the trip happen and are in a big way responsible for us experiencing the magic of Venice. I couldn’t have asked for a better companion. Me thinks, it calls for a toast- To travelling around the globe… cheers!


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