|Moored gondolas with Santa Maria della Salute in the background|
There aren't too many places one can go to in Europe for a whole week and not see a car; Venice is one such destination. Every form of travel that is not made on foot is via the many waterways, on a variety of craft such as water taxi, water bus or gondola. It's easy to forget that the city is home to working Venetians, so barges and other commercial craft can be seen maintaining business as usual. One can see clean laundry being delivered to the hotels in the mornings and 'water hearses' transporting dearly departed souls to their final places of rest.
Arriving in style
|On the water taxi leaving the airport|
Taxi drivers are the same the world over, and it wasn't long until we were out into open water, racing with the other taxis.
|Full speed ahead!|
|Late evening view from the hotel terrace towards the Grand Canal entrance|
|Across the lagoon: the San Giorgio Maggiore|
Piazza San Marco (St Mark's Square)If, like me, you don't like crowds then avoid the main square during busy times of day - essentially 8.30 am onwards - although, it does get a bit quieter in the evenings. The image below was taken just after sunrise.
|The Campanile dominates the square|
|A pre-wedding shoot and a lone jogger are my only company at 6am|
BuildingsJust about all the buildings in the city have that weathered look: muted earth colours and pastel shades, punctuated by the odd splash of colour from flowers or brightly-painted shutters. Here is a small selection:-
|Out to dry|
|Santa Maria della Salute|
|Typical canal-side view|
|Window box on a house on the island of Burano|
|Stained church wall|
The people of Venice
The highlight of the holiday was to walk out in the evening into one of the many backstreets to discover those tucked-away bars and restaurants - the hidden gems of the city. And, in comparison to St Mark's, the smaller squares were much quieter and frequented by families and tourists alike.
|'Three coffees and three cigarettes'; locals taking a break|
|Close encounter of the feathered kind|
|Mums and dads capturing the moment|
|A virtuoso in the making?|
|Playing without a care in the world|
|The classic shot|
|Parking up at the end of the day|
|Unwinding after a long shift (before going to count all the €€€s)|
Farewell shotIf you can force yourself to get up early there is a whole different Venice waiting to be captured. The shot below below was taken at 5am, just up from our hotel looking out across the lagoon.
There is a mixture of lighting: The sun is rising from the left, the San Giorgio Maggiore is floodlit and the street lights are illuminating the gondolas and posts in the foreground.