Venice: A Decaying Work of Art

Trip Start Mar 25, 2012
Trip End May 01, 2012

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

This update will be a little bit different because I don't have much to write about my next stop. After all, so much has been written about it already. 
Over 100 years ago Henry James said it best:
"Venice has been painted and described many thousands of times, and of all the cities of the world is the easiest to view without going there. Open the first book and you will find a rhapsody about it; step into the first picture dealer's and you will find three or four high-coloured "views" of it. There is notoriously nothing more to be said on the subject. Everyone has been there, and everyone has brought back a collection of photographs. There is as little mystery about the Grand Canal as about our local thoroughfare, and the name of St. Mark is as familiar as the postman's ring."
While I admit, not everyone has been to Venice, any views I have on the city really seem to fall flat. I visited the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's. I walked across the Rialto bridge and took a boat down the Grand Canal. But Venice is unique in that the city itself is the top attraction. It's filled with tourists of course, but take a left, a right and another left and suddenly you find yourself alone in a narrow passage, looking over a blue-green canal lined with beautifully decaying buildings. I spent three days doing just that.
I have posted even more pictures this time. It's really the only language to express how beautiful this city is.
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gloria auberry on

Beautiful pictures....Thanks for including me with the pictures of you wonderful trip. Love ya

Uncle Randy on

All your pictures have been great! Keep them coming!

Aunt Bev on

Beautiful pictures! I have wanted to see many of these cities. Thanks for sharing! I know you are having a wonderful time.

Linda Taylor on

Very impressive! I admire what you are doing. Beautiful pictures!

aalpers1974 on

Patrick these pictures are so beautiful and I am very jealous that you are there and I am here. Wish I could of done that when I was younger, well maybe when all my kids move out I can fianlly travel. Ailie (Candlewood)

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