Monday, June 6, 2011

Lost in Venice

Having finished the more touristy part of our weekend program, we headed off towards the lesser known parts of Venice and proceeded to get lost.  Santa Croce, San Polo and Dorsodoro are different districts of Venice that has relatively few major sights but it is great for those looking for the real Venice. 

In these districts, we crossed paths a few times with some tourists, but nothing like the hordes that descend on St. Mark's square.  Instead we strolled where residents went about their daily lives and we saw...

Traffic, albeit the boat kind

 The weekend market selling lovely fruits and vegetables

Clothes being hung out to dry...

And all the while we walked, we found quiet lovely streets full of old buildings the color of blood orange and peach

 lemon yellow and sand

salmon, ochre and even dusty pink.

Such fantastic colors provided such a feast for the eyes. Who says art lives only in museums or churches? It seemed we saw it everywhere we went. And always, but always, we had the constant presence of the the quiet waters of the canal, undisturbed but for the glide of an occasional boat or off the course gondola.

Ah Venice! I see how one's heart can so easily be lost to your charms.


  1. wow, awesome photos. especially the last one. the colors are just gorgeous. i like your description of the quiet waters of the canal. there's something about water that's infinitely alluring...

  2. So well done. When we went to Paris for a couple of days last Spring, we took a bus to see the sights, spent some wonderful time on the field of Mars in front of the Eiffel Tower and the rest of the time we walked up and down the Champs Elysees and the little streets around the Avenue.
    We did the same in Florence a few years ago.
    I love walking around and seeing the architecture, even, I admit, looking at people's gardens.
    Wishing you a wonderful time!

  3. Ooh, we were just there a few weeks ago - didn't you just love it? There is nothing like it in the world. Beautiful photos :) Ahhh

    Thank you for joining Post Of The Month Club! XOLaura

  4. What a true delight, I love the way that you could see the exquisite loveliness in what many would perceive to be 'just' buildings.
    It was lovely to tour with you,

    Felicity x

  5. I love Venice - and yes, those not so tourist-y places are def. the best. Burano and Torcello are also amazing.