Venice, part 2

IMG_1900 As promised, more photos from my trip. It seems strange to think I was there just one week ago – everything since my return has been rather chaotic and there’s a sharpness in the air and a real feeling of autumn here. I’m glad to be able to return to the beautiful skies and see the light of Venice again.

San Giorgio Maggiore and La Giudecca

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The interior of Palladio’s masterpiece.

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The view from the top of the campanile of San Giorgio.

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La Giudecca

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Santa Maria della Salute

Burano

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I love the brightly coloured houses and canals of this island, as well as its crooked wooden spire, but come early to avoid the huge numbers of people later on.

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Torcello

Just a short hop across the lagoon lies Torcello with its byzantine church, so beautifully described by Ernest Hemingway who stayed on the island while he was writing ‘Across the River and Into the Trees’. I loved seeing the stunning mosaics of Santa Maria Assunta, climbing the ramps to the top of the tower to look out over the watery landscapes around and walking among the Cypress trees and Oleander in this place which time seems to have forgotten.

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Isola San Michele

As ridiculous and morbid as it may sound, this cemetery on an island has been my favourite place in Venice since I first went there, back in 2009. It’s a refuge from all the noise and crowds, a place to sit and reflect. Taking the boat there from Fondamente Nuove always makes me think of Boecklin’s famous painting, The Isle of the Dead.

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Poetry left by Brodsky’s grave.

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I always find the sight of these ballet shoes tied around Diaghilev’s grave so moving.

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My favourite spot on San Michele.

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While waiting for the vaporetto to take me back to the mainland, I saw the most beautiful evening sky and knew I had to capture it.

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9 thoughts on “Venice, part 2

  1. So gorgeous! What kind of camera do you use? You have a very good eye! Have you read Donna Leon’s Commissario Brunetti series? I immediately started thinking about him when I saw these pictures.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jeffrey. I use a Canon 1000D SLR with a 50 mm lens which are about 7 years old. I used to take that camera everywhere but it’s so heavy and I tend to rely just on my iPhone which is a shame, although some of these were taken with it. Yes, I love the Commissario Brunetti series and love the way she uses the city and describes different aspects of life there.

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  2. Hi this is beyond wonderful! I dream of one day visiting Venice. By the way I really hope I didnt do anything to offend you, but I am blocked from your instagramaccount which I so enjoyed,

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  3. Emily, this is the third time I have read this particular post. What a fantastic treat you cooked up for us, your photography and prose have fed my wanderlust so well. I wish I was back in my beautiful Venice getting lost at every turn, cheers my dear, xx

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      1. Oh dear God, do I wish I could spend Christmas there Emily! You are most welcome.

        Have a happy weekend dearhreart!

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