Venice, Italy. June 2018. (10 photos)
This is Part 1 of my Italy 2018 photo series, and also Part 8 of my Europe 2018 photo series.
After about 3 weeks in France, visiting Paris and the Loire Valley, I flew off to Venice, Italy. There, I stayed in a boutique hotel housed in a 14th century palace, a former residence of a noble Venetian family, in the Dorsoduro district. I’m told that the canal my hotel was located on was the one into which Katharine Hepburn fell in the 1950s movie “Summertime” directed by David Lean. Lean’s other movies included Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Doctor Zhivago and Great Expectations, but not Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, from which the title for this post series comes.
Above is the view to Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore from the wharves near Piazza San Marco.
One day I caught the vaporetto out to Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore. The view from the Bell Tower of the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore looking back toward Venice was impressive, particularly due to those clouds and that light. Looking at that sky I was convinced there was going to be a massive downpour of rain but it didn’t eventuate.
“Lost in Venice”
It is so very easy to get lost in Venice. I wandered around for hours without referencing my offline map app on my phone. So many canals, bridges and dead-end streets.
Fortunately the blinds were up so I got a good shot of this group, somewhere in the Castello District.
“X never ever marks the spot”
The view down on Piazza San Marco and Venice from the Campanile di San Marco.
“I suddenly remembered my Charlemagne. Let my armies be the rocks and the trees, and the birds in the sky”
…Dr Henry Jones.
“Only the penitent man will pass”
Somewhere in the Castello District.
“Still lost in Venice”
“An evening at Piazza San Marco”
There was a particularly high tide that evening. I stood in amazement as the drainage grilles throughout Piazza San Marco started to backwash then flood and the pools of water started to coalesce. I got this shot in before quickly moving to drier ground.