[Photo Journal] Bridges and Buildings in Venezia

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Myra here.

Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

Buildings and Bridges in Venice

One of the cities that captured my heart last year was Venice. It’s like a Disneyland for romantic couples. The city exists for you to fall in love with it. This year, we didn’t go back to Venezia, but traveled to Milan and Florence. So do stay tuned for those photographs.

“Memory’s images, once they are fixed in words, are erased,” Polo said. “Perhaps I am afraid of losing Venice all at once, if I speak of it, or perhaps, speaking of other cities, I have already lost it, little by little.”
― Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

“Nellie grinned. “I always wanted to go to Venice. It’s supposed to be the romance capital of the world.”
“Sweet,” put in Dan. “Too bad your date is an Egyptian Mau on a hunger strike.”
The au pair sighed. “Better than an eleven-year-old with a big mouth.”
― Gordon Korman, One False Note

“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.”
― Truman Capote

“The experts are right, he thought. Venice is sinking. The whole city is slowly dying. One day the tourists will travel here by boat to peer down into the waters, and they will see pillars and columns and marble far, far beneath them, slime and mud uncovering for brief moments a lost underworld of stone. Their heels made a ringing sound on the pavement and the rain splashed from the gutterings above. A fine ending to an evening that had started with brave hope, with innocence. (“Don’t Look Now”)”
― Daphne du Maurier, Echoes from the Macabre: Selected Stories

“Venice, it’s temples and palaces did seem like fabrics of enchantment piled to heaven.”
― Percy Bysshe Shelley

The yellow arrow signs at intersections are not much help either, for they, too, curve. In fact, they don’t so much help you as kelp you. And in the fluently flapping hand of the native whom you stop to ask for directions, the eye, oblivious to his sputtering, A destra, a sinistra, dritto, dritto, readily discerns a fish.”
― Joseph Brodsky, Watermark

“What about damp? What about flooding? Wouldn’t it make sense to have a little lawn or garden as a sort of buffer zone between the house and the water? But then it wouldn’t be Venice, said Connie’s voice in my head. Then it would be Staines.”
― David Nicholls, Us

“The Venetians catalogue everything, including themselves. ‘These grapes are brown,’ I complain to the young vegetable-dealer in Santa Maria Formosa. ‘What is wrong with that ? I am brown,’ he replies. ‘I am the housemaid of the painter Vedova,’ says a maid, answering the telephone. ‘I am a Jew,’ begins a cross-eyed stranger who is next in line in a bookshop. ‘Would you care to see the synagogue?’
Almost any Venetian, even a child, will abandon whatever he is doing in order to show you something. They do not merely give directions; they lead, or in some cases follow, to make sure you are still on the right way. – Mary McCarthy

“By day it is filled with boat traffic – water
buses, delivery boats, gondolas – if something floats
and it’s in Venice, it moves along the Grand Canal.
And by daylight it is one of the glories of the Earth.
But at night, especially when the moon is full
and the soft illumination reflects off the water and
onto the palaces – I don’t know how to describe
it so I won’t, but if you died and in your will you
asked for your ashes to be spread gently on the
Grand Canal at midnight with a full moon,
everyone would know this about you – you loved and understood beauty.”
― William Goldman, The Silent Gondoliers

“I cannot write about Venice; I can only write about me, and the sleeping parts of myself that Venice has shocked into wakefulness.”
― Jessica Zafra, Twisted Travels

“We don’t need a destination or a way of navigating, because we’ll go wherever it takes us”
― Lemony Snicket, The End

“There is a wide world out there, full of pain, but filled with joy as well. The former keeps you on the path of growth and the latter makes the journey tolerable.”
― R.A. Salvatore, Sojourn

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