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Weekend #1. Controversy.

Yes, when you try to look at it as at any "normal" city, it's really hard to see any special charms. It's painfully crowded, it's loud, it can be extremely hot in summer and annoyingly humid and foggy and cold when the sun escapes. It can be flooded with smelly, murky brown water; well, some kind of smell is present most of the time. Its tiny, narrow, dark streets can leave you grasping for air and freedom and everybody charges way too much for what they are offering.

But... this is no normal city we're talking about. It's La Serenissima, Venice, Venezia, Venesia, Benetke, Venedig, Venetië, Venis, Venecija... A city apparently so important that its name seems to be translated in almost every language. A city I really love.

So, let me take you with me. Yesterday... was just the right day for a short trip to this marvel.


Going there. Weather to the west was apparently getting worse.

Our first stop was Chioggia, an island further more to the west. They call it The Little Venice. Well, in my book, no, not really. :)

Iggy and Robert still on Chioggia. Well, this at least looks like Venice.

This is... the real Venice.
Oh, it's me.

Taking it easy.

No extra comment, actually.


This is surely one big boat.

The road to Lido.
Santa Maria della Salute along Canal Grande on the vaporetto back to the car.

Rialto, probably one of the most famous bridges. At all. :)

Controversial new bridge that connects railway station and Piazzale Roma. But a major shortcut.

My relationship with Venice.


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Oct. 31st, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
Wonderful pictures, as always!

I hope that Adrian doesn't see them or he'll be pining for Venice again (we've been 5 or 6 times already!) LOL!
Nov. 1st, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, so I guess I need to tell Adrian I have posted some Venice pics? :)
Oct. 31st, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
You've heard me lament how foolish we were to have spent such a short time in Ljubljana; truth was I was in a rush to get to Venice. I had dreamed of seeing the city since I was a small boy and I was not disappointed.

We spent 3 days combing Venice and I was thoroughly enchanted. Lido was our home base while we visited and I hope someday to see both Venice and Ljubljana again. They were both magic. *sigh*
Nov. 1st, 2010 12:41 pm (UTC)
Venice is a definitely a magic place. Have you ventured to outskirts of the Lagoon, to Burano and Torcello?
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Oct. 31st, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
Am I the only one who doesn't have a craving for Venice? :)

Love the trattoria photo (and wow, those plants in front of it are still green! :) )
Nov. 1st, 2010 12:41 pm (UTC)
I always have an immense craving for Venice. It's a magic city...
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Oct. 31st, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
Too bad it's sinking and will eventually cease to be. See http://travel.yahoo.com/p-interests-35998698

Beautiful pictures.
Nov. 1st, 2010 12:42 pm (UTC)
Well.... but till it does.... :)
Oct. 31st, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
beautiful photos! that ship does look huge and I wonder how deep the water next to the doc is to support it
Nov. 1st, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
Ship was immense and I was also wondering the same thing. Water never seemed that deep to me. But apparently, I was wrong.
Oct. 31st, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
I'm jealous that you can just pop over to Venice whenever you want to.
Nov. 1st, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
Yes... it take me whole two hours to get there. :)
Oct. 31st, 2010 03:10 pm (UTC)
I live in Venice to :-)..Venice Fl. that is I hope to go to the real Venice someday..Beauitful pics!!!
Nov. 1st, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
You should come and see the real thing. :)
Oct. 31st, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
Those are gorgeous photos...hope you savored each moment that you were there!!
Nov. 1st, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks, bud! :) I go to Venice often and enjoy it every single time.
Oct. 31st, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
looks like a magical place
Nov. 1st, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
It surely is. You should come and visit. :)
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Nov. 1st, 2010 12:46 pm (UTC)
Yes... I can always stand a two hours' drive there. :)
Oct. 31st, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
Venice, 1986. Backpacking with some high school chums after we've graduated from college uni. Beautiful city that smelled like rancid garbage in the July heat.

We busted loose and ordered some table red, which was delivered in a blank labelled bottle. Exactly of the sort that was implicated in a wine spiking/poisoning scandal a few weeks earlier. Meh: we'd already decided Chernobyl and the Achille Lauro weren't gonna keep us away from Europe.

Wonderful city; no inclination to go back: my Italy is more Florence or Milan than Venice or Rome. And certainly not Brindisi.
Nov. 1st, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
Funny... Florence was the city I loved the least when we were in Tuscany and Milano.... well, apart from the cathedral. Is there anything else there?

I feel in love with Rome though. And I am an eternal fan of Venice. :)
Oct. 31st, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
Great photos of a beautiful place!
Nov. 1st, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
And right withing my reach :)
Oct. 31st, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
Great photos. So did you just hop over for the day? I'm jealous of you Europeans being able to make short little trips to these wonderful places that are halfway around the world for us.
Nov. 1st, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
Yes, it was a daily trip. It's only two hours of highway worth to get there. :)
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Nov. 1st, 2010 12:49 pm (UTC)

enough of my pics. the focus is on Venice. :)
Oct. 31st, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
Beautiful pictures Tomaz - I've never been to Venice, but my fella's Italian so we keep promising ourselves to make the trip :)
Nov. 1st, 2010 12:50 pm (UTC)
My goodness... you need to come. and then drive for another two hours and come to Ljubljana.

Of course. :)
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