Venice, city of water and light

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In the cold month of February comes St Valentine’s Day, the 14th, with skeleton trees in parks and plants shrivelled away by frost. It seems a strange season to celebrate romance, but I saved this pretty picture post for when winter should be stirring with thoughts of spring.

In December I was whisked away for a birthday surprise to Venice. John had planned the trip in secret, revealing our destination last-minute at the airport. I was so excited – Venice, an impossible city floating on the water, just a few hours away by plane.

John is a seasoned traveller, but even he was struck by the uniqueness of Venice. Our boat bus took us past brightly coloured buildings along the canals, water seeping in doors and lapping at shuttered windows. The city, said to be founded with the dedication of the first church at the stroke of noon on 25 March 421, is built on 117 islands linked by bridges across waterways.

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We stayed at Piazzo St Marco, the main public square with gulls flying over the famous Basilica during the day and fairy lights illuminating passage ways at night. Walking in Venice is the best way to get around the little streets and bridges. It is a quieter place in winter with fewer tourists and, of course, no cars. Breakfast views of early morning gondolas to night-time scenes of beautiful moonlit palaces, Venice is a jewel of old world charm, art and architecture, culture and history. Here’s our holiday highlights…

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As travellers we felt welcomed by the local culture and traditional way of life.

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Of course, we had to do the tourist thing.

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How’s this for romance? The house where George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin.

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A short island hop took us from the main city to Murano, a beautiful paradise of rainbows and glass.

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And twilight had so many colours mirrored in the skies and seas.

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Venice by night is magical, like stepping back in time. I felt truly spoiled – thank you John for the most wonderful birthday surprise!

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We needed only a few days to become familiar and fascinated by Venice. Flying away from the city of water and light, John found a video that explained: How does Venice work? Enjoy watching Venice backstage…

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29 thoughts on “Venice, city of water and light

    • Thank you Kristina, it is a far more beautiful place than I had imagined. Murano was simply enchanting. We were told winter was the best time to visit as it is so busy in summer, though we were lucky it didn’t rain or flood. Happy to bring back good memories 🙂

  1. Emma your surprise romantic gift trip to Venice looked awesome! Your photos are exquisite, showing all sorts of beautiful aspects of this unique city, great light, great scenes, and great clarity. Thanks for sharing this lovely trip. 🙂

    • I’m glad you liked the video – it made me appreciate the clever engineering of the early Venetians and how many of the same principles are used now, particularly the idea of how they are constantly maintaining the city. Amazing!

  2. A beautiful surprise and now you have magnificent photographs to keep the memory warm. The photographs really are great, it was lovely that you saw it in bright weather in the winter. Amelia

    • We were so lucky with the weather. Bright sunshine every day and water levels were low, people said, so we could do gondola rides beneath bridges and walk in streets without wellies! Thanks Amelia, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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