A year on the Hill of Corton

Venice

Having enjoyed a few days pre-Christmas a few years ago we returned in February with friends, and I promised to be less seduced with is photographic potential…… Well I tried.

The view from airport waterbus sets the tone, damp.

Usual view from the Accademia bridge, we’re off in search of some culture.

 

Not busy at the Accademia, even though its raining.

 

Perhaps he’s scaring everyone away..?

 

Maybe the shops are irrisistable…

 

Better get this view out of the way early on.

 

Accademia bridge 2

 

Harry’s Bar gets cleaned up

 

Ready for its visitors.

 

St Mark’s Square, open for business too.

 

Accademia Bridge 3

 

How to deliver a fridge in Venice 1

 

A birth announcement shines out in dark narrow street.

 

Florian, part of the Venice tourist experience, at a price !

 

Residents know the best places though.

 

How to deliver a fridge in Venice 2

 

No fridges allowed here at the Arsenale

 

Chocolate o’clock at the Arsenale.

 

Meanwhile at the Rialto market someone has to do the artichokes.

 

While these two take care of the fish.

 

And the shoppers arrive via the ferry.

 

If you want a seat, look for the man in the hat.

 

Someone enjoys it

On our first trip I avoided the gondolas, this time our friends were not to be denied the experience and it happened that one of them knew how to bargain ! Get the right gondolier and it really is worth it. A damp day means business is slow and negotiation is easier.

You might even get serenaded.

 

“Back in 5 minutes”

 

But the boats still have to be repaired.

 

That’s why the owners hope you’ll tip well !

 

All that walking gives anyone an appetite.

 

Everyone can find something they like.

 

One of the great diversions is observing the variety of Venice’s doors.

Wherever you might find them

Some grand.

Some odd.

and some ordinary but still interesting

Some scary !

Some shared.

Some raise a smile.

Some watched over.

Some just watched.

 

Of course Venice is not just for tourists……yet

 

Or photographers, Venice is a dream location, is n’t it..?

 

Sometimes a little extra guidance is helpful

 

Others are coming.

 

Meanwhile life goes on.

 

As everywhere.

 

Venice is still home

 

The usual things go on everyday.

 

The locals just see things differently… As they probably always have done.

 

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