Fine dell’Avventura (Venezia 365)

Well this is it, my final image from my project to reveal a different aspect of Venice for each day of the last year.  I didn't save the best 'til last, but I did save one that is unmistakably Venetian.  I've enjoyed the journey as I've learnt so much more about the city from my … Continue reading Fine dell’Avventura (Venezia 365)

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The Sign of Four (Final Venezia Bonus)

Wedged into a corner where the Basilica San Marco adjoins the Palazzo Ducale is a compact piece of sculpture that were it not for its colouring would probably garner little attention, yet it has great significance as both art and history. It depicts four identical men, with embracing pairs facing in different directions, making it … Continue reading The Sign of Four (Final Venezia Bonus)

That’s Amore (Venezia 364)

In amongst all the gushing about the architecture, history and food that I experienced in Venice, I have over the last 12 months posted some pieces that were critical of aspects of Italian life; corruption, brutal policing, mindless bureaucracy, and organised crime for example. Yet in any love affair we are able to overlook the imperfections … Continue reading That’s Amore (Venezia 364)

Tasteless (Venezia 363)

For the first time visitor to the city, emerging into the daylight from the shaded interior of the railway station is a dramatic experience.  The open space before you seems full of light, accentuated by the white stonework around you and the sparkling green waters of the Grand Canal. Then your eye is grabbed by … Continue reading Tasteless (Venezia 363)

Acqua (Venezia 362)

It's the feature that makes the city unique; the lagoon water that has shaped the city, its culture, its cuisine and more. Perhaps water is a misleading term, for the fluid that constitutes the lagoon is more than just H2O with a smattering of sea salt. The rivers that feed into the basin bring the … Continue reading Acqua (Venezia 362)

Strong as an Ox (Venezia 361)

The human beasts of burden who enable the city to function are not to be underestimated.  The speed that they can achieve with their wheeled barrows (shouting "Attenzione" at all who might impede their progress) perhaps makes it look like an easy job, but a great deal of physical strength is required to drag them … Continue reading Strong as an Ox (Venezia 361)

Plain and Simple? (Venezia 360)

The musical notation in this display case of antique musical instruments troubled me.  A non musician might not spot that this isn't standard notation (crotchets, quavers, minims etc on a five-lined stave) - it is neumatic notation, a form that dates back to the 9th Century and one that I associate with the plainsong chants … Continue reading Plain and Simple? (Venezia 360)