Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Midsummer Afternoon in Venice







"... he wanted
nothing more now
but for time to go slowly
." *





* Quoted from
Colm Tóibín, "The Master"
First Scribner Edition 2004
Chapter Five
May 1896



30 comments:

  1. i prefer to visit this city (she is more of a mistress than a city) in winter, rather than summer.... but i will look at your images of it anytime ;-)

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  2. Venice, a romantic place that I read about a lot in books but never been there.

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    OIASANTORINI,
    I do love Mistress Venice in winter, but she also has special charms in summer: Early mornings when the air is still fresh and cool, lazy lunches in the shade, siesta, long walks into dusk, dinner in a quiet calle.

    One has to respect and appreciate the art of living in hotter climes, do as the locals do, most of all: take a siesta, per l'amor di dio! ;-)

    BARBARA,
    you should definitely plan to visit soon, you would enjoy it immensely! Autumn and Spring are easier on one's energy.

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  4. To me, Venice is a city set apart -- like no other I've ever visited. Maybe the magic is enhanced by the fragility of its existence.

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  5. So long since I was in Venice.
    So sad.
    My brother was there about 10 days ago.
    They arrived by boat and said it was amazing.....
    lucky you.

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  6. Could I possibly have your permission to save that first picture, so's I could gloat over it again and again! It's STUNNING...

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  7. Wonderful first pic! Brilliant.

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  8. Merisi,
    It's been about 25 years since I was last in Venice. Your pictures make me long to go back! My daughter and I have just "ooh'd and aaah'd" over that red dress...Italian style is the best!! Would also love to have a set of those whimsical coffee cups and saucers :D Thanks for sharing a piece of your visit with us!!!
    ~Allie

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  9. I would love to be the lady in red to gallivant such romantic city!

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  10. Beautiful watery reflections!

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  11. I'm a realist, and a romantic. I know I shall never get to see Venice, but I have studied it's History, it's art and architecture and it must be the most fascinating place in Italy.

    That first picture is beautiful, I should love to try and paint it.

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  12. First picture get my vote, Merisi!

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  13. The last time I was in Venice was 10 years ago. I stayed for 3 days alone and just explored all of the nooks of that magical city. I would start walking and never know where I'd end up. I had visited Venice several times prior with family but traveling alone made it an extra exciting adventure.

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  14. I so need to visit Venice someday. I do love your pictures of it. That first one with the pink reflections on the water next to the blue boats - perfection!

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  15. Looks like you find pink during your visit, just like I found orange during mine :-)

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  16. By the way - I love Colm Tóibín's book........

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  17. Beautiful and lovely...This is a nice post with wonderful series..Unseen Rajasthan

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  18. Hi ~ The picture of the dress is my favorite. Why? Because I guess it caught me off guard - I rather expected the scenery pictures but the dress hanging there...reminds me of romance, fun, celebration...I love traveling to your corner of the world through your photos!

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  19. First you entice me with Vienna (and Demel's) and now Venice - my travel list grows longer and longer . . .

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  20. Ah Venezia .. I long to return there someday ... congrats on the sharing of the POTD!

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  21. Oh my.. and this first image.. it's .. perfect!

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  22. Hey there joint winner - I propose you keep the trophy for six months and I'll keep it for six ;0) Congratulations - I enjoyed your post.

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  23. Loved, loved that shot of the boats in the water by the buildings...that is what I think of when I hear of Venice....

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  24. I like to see sunshine play because I've only seen Venice in the winter.

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  25. Congratulations on POTD!
    I'm telling you that red dress is quite catchy! ;-)

    I love the first photo!

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  26. Venice is my favorite city in the world. Your photos are gorgeous. It sounds like you had a great time there. I am hoping to visit it again this fall. I have been there many times, but not enough.

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  27. One more thing: lovely quote from "The Master."

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  28. Lovely, as always, Merisi! Congratulations on your POTD mention!

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  29. Your photos bring back fond memories of riding in a gondola, having my first taste of good champagne (age 20), exploring the many streets and cross-over bridges. Ahh, I really need to return.

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  30. that first pic was pretty amazing. of course the others were too, but the first one...congrats on the POTD on thursday!

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