Night Waters

Night Waters

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Part of the romance of Venezia is, of course, the gondola ride.

My experience has been that the best time to head out onto the silent Venetian waters in one of these iconic water vessels is around the twilight hour. While the darkness and boat movement do present a photography challenge the point is that by this time of day the cruise shippers have all returned to their boats and the canal jams are virtually non-existent. No hustle. No bustle. Just utter peace and pure Venetian atmosphere as the gondola is gently guided by practiced hands through the small channels and waterways that lace their way through this incredible ancient city.

But don’t take my word for it. If you’re going to Venizia, save your pennies (gondola rides are expensive, though both times we’ve been split the cost with another couple) and arrange for a magical gondola ride at twilight.

It’s worth every penny.

Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015

Blue Lagoon in Venezia

Weekly Photo Challenge: Blur

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Golden Gateway

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There’s nothing that whispers “Venezia” quite as sweetly as a gondola ride.

There’s an eerie magic to a glided tour through the watery back alleys of one of the world’s most romantic cities, especially in the fading light of day.

We’ve been fortunate enough to indulge our senses with such an experience on two occasions. Both times we have purposely chosen to go at the twilight hour, mostly because by that time the cruise shippers are back on their respective boats and the city feels at rest. Also, the canals are less congested and a meander through the back passages of this ancient city becomes a peaceful walk in the park, as it were, instead of the hustle and bustle of colliding gondolas at mid day.

The only challenge at that hour is photography.

Blue Lagoon

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Around every corner a “Wow!” moment, made all the more dramatic by the dimming light, begs to be captured. But a moving gondola and a challenged light sensor make it almost impossible to capture the moment to any great effect.

On my camera screen these images looked so clear and in focus I was thrilled. I could hardly wait to relive them on the computer screen at home. However, when I finally did get to shine a larger light on them I was so disappointed. They were blurry, and no matter how much I doctored them I couldn’t make things right.

And then this challenge came along.

Take what you will from these two images captured on a glorious evening winding through the canals of Venezia. They’re blurry, to be sure, but perhaps that’s all part of the mood.

At the very least these images remind me of a magical tour of the aquatic back alleys of a glorious ancient city, and how I would return to experience it again in a heart beat.

But then, to be honest, the notion of returning to Italy is never very far from mind.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015

Venetian Water Ways

 

Parking

An enduring and romantic symbol of the water city that is Venice,
a lone gondola rests on the Grand Canal.

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Grand Canal

I remember my first visit to Venice some years ago.

The whole notion of boats taking the place of cars, buses and delivery vehicles as primary modes of transportation was such a fascinating concept.

In fact, it still fascinates me.

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Traffic Jam

Instead of the crush of cars there are, naturally, traffic jams of gondola, especially in the smaller channels.

This is particularly so during the day when cruise ship passengers invade the city. It’s kind of surreal, in a way, but a classic reflection of this beautiful old city.

We experienced our gondola ride in the early evening. Much less traffic. Highly recommended.

A story for another day.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014