Sunday, April 8, 2012

I Dream of Venice....

there is nowhere on Earth like Venice
& everyone should see it at least once.

but, you will find once is not enough.

if you arrive by air this is the 1st view of Venice you will see.
once out of the terminal you will push or carry your luggage out the door then walk to the left
all the way down to the WaterTaxi station.

everyone has to board a little boat in order to get to their hotel.
it's a total shock to some people, but it is what it is.

those larger boats are their version of buses, they are a piece of cake ONCE you figure them out,
and find out how easy the bus stops are to find.
don't worry at all, everyone uses them instead of a private water taxi 
as the private ones are so much more expensive.

& will become your landmark to return to your hotel.

Venice is small.  you can walk everywhere on the island.
if you venture out to Murano you will take another boat to get there.
you will come to recognize these little bridges for pedestrians only, they are everywhere,

this was the view of our hotel called
Boscolo Dei Dogi
from the canal.  there are many doormen, valets to assist you & your luggage.

they had the most amazing staff & the most wonderful dining room.
the hotel itself is located away from St. Mark's Square so you are not bothered by the
madding throngs of people.

locals playing guitar and entertaining us and themselves in the evenings.
(you won't believe this, but I once got myself wedged into the only toilet in a little bistro, while
my friends & husband waited for me outside...I'm swearing I absolutely could not move up or down...
I imagined the local headlines saying:  American Tourist Trapped in Potty Chamber Overnight!)

Photo: Newlyweds ride a gondola

Photo: Outlook onto Venice canals

a regatta in Venice

there are so many important things to see in Venice, all of the precious and priceless art collections you
may view in most of the cathedrals, the history books, the beautiful ever-changing light which imparts
different colors to the same building throughout the day, the winding passages containing some of
the most elegant artisan ateliers in the world, the making of the famous Murano glass, the Venetial glass
mirrors, chandeliers and glassware, the shoes & the handbags of Italian leathers, and the most important
thing of all...the sea...which every Venetian traveller is aware.

the little bistros, the tratorrias, the breads, the flowers in bouquets so specific to Italy,
and the pastries and candies.

sit, enjoy, meet some lovely Italians, chat with everyone...
it's the only way be to totally immersed into this little jewel box.

tomorrow, The Cipriani Hotel, my view of it.



Leslie said...

These are beautiful photos and I SOOO want to be there!!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend.


Sulky Kitten said...

Gorgeous photos - you've captured it well. We love it so much we visit every year. I love your blog - it's both beautiful and interesting!

L'Elégante said...

J'espère m'y installer dans quelques mois. Vos photos sont magnifiques. Amitiés de Fine.

I hope to settle down in a few months there. Your photos are magnificent. Sincerly Fine.

Acquired Objects said...

I've been there once and it's gorgeous. When I win the lottery I plan on moving to Italy and maybe buy a small place in Veniice.....talking about dreaming! Gorgeous pictures and thank you for taking me back!

Happy Monday!

Simone said...

Wonderful photos Marsha. I went to Venice when I was 19 and fell in love with it then - how could you not? It was October & I was travelling with friends, at times it was foggy which only made it even more atmospheric.

We travelled there by train, arriving from France, and I can remember joking that when we walked out of the train station, there would be nothing but water....and of course that was the case!! Venice is definitely a lifetimes worth of memories, I'm hoping to go again ver soon.

Gorgeous post Marsha, I shall be dreaming of Italy all day now :) Xx

Renée Finberg said...


i absolutely loved venice. i thought i was in a fairyland.
'disney for adults'
i remember looking at everything and saying this looks like a movie set.
my eyes were the widest they have ever been while in venice.
strangely, while i was in venice at a different time than my mom....

i had my picture taken right in front of the hotel and her room window where she had stayed.
i had no knowledge of her visit or where she had stayed.


The enchanted home said...

Bring me there NOW!!!!!! It was almost hard getting through this post...I want to go so badly. Went once and loved loved loved it, what a magical place!!


I so agree with you--Venice is not to be missed! I've been there in the summer and winter-no matter the season, it is simply spectacular! WIll you be mixing up a bellini tomorrow?

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

WOW! On my list of places to go before I leave this world.
These images are gorgeous, Marsha. Thank you for sharing.

YONKS said...

Oh Marsha,
You have made the yearning to go there even greater. Lucky you!

shiree segerstrom said...

Can't wait to see the Cipriani. Shiree'

Elizabeth said...

Simply beautiful!

I love Venice and have been many times and I think that your photos have caputure the essence and the beauty of Venice! I hope that you have a wonderful trip!

Thank you for shering all of the magic of this beautiful city!

Be safe and enjoy it all. Looking forward to more, Elizabeth

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Oh marsha,
My most favourite holiday destination .... I adore Venice SO much. We must have visited every last corner of it. We walked so much that I think we lost weight !! I love all of the little corners that a lot of tourists don't see. We ate in some of the smallest restaurants that the locals eat in ....the patrons sung opera to us while we waited for our food and sang Beatles songs that we could join in with!! We arrived on the train from Florence so, didn't see any of it until we emerged from the train station and there it all was laid out before us ....I swear that I let out a sigh of wonderment when I saw the gondolas, the Grand Canal and the beautiful buildings. I have shivers running down my spine as I type !! Im look forward to your next post. XXXX

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Marsha, Hubby and I were married in Venice and just returned for our anniversary. It is a magical place that everyone should visit. Hugs, Sherry

Veronica said...

Marshe, I am reading backwards as I am playing catch up and now you have me looking for my pics of Venice to see if they are good enough to use in a post!! I wanna go back and take some decent ones!!! You have given me an idea and maybe I will do a bit on my travels ( not much but I was lucky enough to experience that waterbus!!)

Loved this!
Time to dream again...and make it happen.