Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Venice



Group of several gondoliers on Grand Canal, late in the day light, Venice


There is no other place like it.  There is the Disneyesque in your face Venice of a thousand souvenir shops, overwhelming crowds, long lines, and chaotic canal traffic comparable to a rush hour freeway.  But there is also the Venice of quiet passageways, flower filled window boxes, soft pastel colored palaces and smiling romantic souls happily serenaded by gondoliers in traditional stripped shirts and straw hats floating down the Grand Canal.  

Love it or not, there is no other place like Venice.


Overwhelming chaos of Grand Canal traffic in Venice









Close up of Venetian Lion at St. Mark's Square, Venice



Bridge of Sighs with gondoliers floating by, Venice



Groups of gondolas in Venice






close up of shop window in Venice with golden masks















Shot from water, Doges Palace, waterfront crowds, Venice