For the last 5-7 years I`ve been working on my travel `bucket list`. I turned 55 this month, and so it was time to see the Venice I have always wanted to see. First thing I have to say is that even in September Venice was packed with tourists! Take a look at the crowd on this bridge near the Piazza San Marco! There were tourists wielding selfie sticks everywhere. And boy was it hot! 32 degrees most days.
We didn`t let the heat and crowds spoil our trip! While we paid a brief visit to some of the top (and crowded) tourist attractions, we spent most of our time away from them, in less touristy areas. Below you can see how busy it was at the Piazza San Marco.
We visited a couple of islands in the Ventian Lagoon. First up was Burano, which was once a major site for lace-making. The houses there are all painted in amazing colours. Many of the islanders were fishermen, and the brightly-coloured houses helped them find their way home when they returned to the island.
This lovely house even had laundry to coordinate with it!
This little cat drew quite a crowd of tourists to watch him or her being mesmerized by the fishies in the pail.
We also visited the island of Murano, known for its production of Murano glass. I love glass, and yes it was amazing!
Away from the vaporetto (water bus) stop, the island was quiet and peaceful, and at a certain point in the afternoon the reflections on the canals were amazing!
So of course this trip will boost the inspiration I need for making some reflection quilts.
I always photograph cats and dogs when I travel. We caught sight of this beautiful cat through the garden gate of a home.
While the main cathedral at Piazza San Marco is crowded, I had read that a good substitute is the Basilica I Frari. It is packed with original works of art by the masters. And it was very quiet. This photo is taken from the outside.
Madonna and Child by Giovanni Bellini, 1488.
In the midst of all the religious art at the Basilica I Frari, the sculpture below stood out, and I haven't been able to forget it. It is a monument commissioned to honour Doge ("duke") Giovanni Pesaro, the 103rd Doge of Venice. It was created in the years 1660-1669 by B. Longhena, M. Barthel, and B. Falcone. I can find very little written about it, but it sure strikes me as relevant to the current day. While virtually all art of the day was created for the church, I almost read this one as social commentary.
Isn`t this an amazing reflection? It rained that day and when the sun came out it reflected the orange wall into the water. We explored many back alleys and neighbourhoods of Venice.
This is probably one of my favorite shots of Venice.
Venetians love their dogs! I saw dogs riding in gondolas, a dog that took up a seat on the bus, and this little dog sat on his mothers lap through dinner in a restaurant.
This week I am recovering from a lot of walking, nursing my Venetian cold, and prepping for my last big teaching trip of 2016: the Cherry Tree Quilts Retreat in Summerland, British Columbia. This is the fourth year I have taught for this shop.