From Colle Sereno to Relative Chaos

The Hills
As you might imagine, leaving the villa and its surrounds was incredibly difficult. We all bore long faces as our cars bumped down the difficult driveway for the last time. Such a peace of heaven we had enjoyed for a whole week.

Still, it was time to move on to another adventure.

My husband and I drove in a convoy of two with a couple we had planned to travel to Venizia with by train. First we had to turn in the rental cars in Firenze and then walk the couple of blocks to the train station. We stopped for a pizza lunch on the way so we’d be well fed and could avoid buying a sandwich on the train. (My last experience with train food ~ travelling Ljubiana to Vienna ~ didn’t turn out so well, and that’s putting it mildly.)

The trip by rail was easy.

When we arrived in Venizia my husband and I were whisked away by water taxi through canals big and small, and a traffic jam or two, to reach our hotel on the Calle dei Fabri near the Piazza San Marco.

Venetian Traffic Jam

The contrast between the serenity experienced in the Tuscan Hills and the relative chaos of Venezia was jarring at first. But there’s something about being in a city built on water that soothes the soul in a completely different way. Never mind the fact that we saw the first rain of our entire trip in this already water-logged place. Didn’t bother me one bit. It just seemed to add to the romance of it.

And then, of course, we found the best gelato in the whole of Venizia just a two minute walk from our hotel … ūüėČ

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

¬©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

Travelling Light

Monochrome Madness: Week 37

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Tired

There’s a lot to be said for travelling light.

This image was captured while I was sitting down for dinner in the Campo Santa Maria Formosa in Venice.

This young girl had been pushing her heavy suitcase through the square when she artfully collapsed upon it in exhaustion in front of these beautiful weather-beaten doors.

Venice is a particular challenge to negotiate with baggage.

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Baggage

Following a short break, this young lady, and her well-stuffed travel bag, forged ahead once again.

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In both life and my journeys to foreign places I’m learning to let go of unwanted baggage and to travel light.

It’s liberating, to say the least. ūüėČ

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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¬©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

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

Gelato Fantasy

 

Gelato Fantasy

At “Gelato Fantasy” on the Calle dei Fabbri in¬†Venizia, gelato isn’t just a cold dessert ~ it’s a work of art!

And it’s delicious … ūüôā

Travel Theme: Decoration

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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¬©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014