Italy: Venice.

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Such was the spell of Italy on us, that we found ourselves there again in a difference of a month. We reached Santa Lucia station, on Grand Canal, Venice after a long train journey from Lausanne on a hot June day. It was also the first time that I realised, standing in a humid crowd of a vaporetto (the waterbus in Venice) that European summer can be pretty harsh. After being spoilt in a balmy, gentle Swiss summer, it came as slap. But being in Venice made it easier to take the blow.

As distractingly beautiful as it is, I was amazed at how truly unique this city was surviving since centuries with its feet planted firm in water that turns freezing cold in winters and steams up in summer and overflows in its narrow alleys when it rains!

My first instinct was to check for the monsters under the bed. Meaning to say, I wanted to get under the water and see what is keeping the city afloat!! But the whole lot of crowd gathered to see the city gave me sheepish assurance.

By the time we found solid ground after the vaporetto ride, sun had already dwarfed our shadows. Wiping the sweat off and our bags in tow we reached our hotel, Al Codega, a cozy little venetian style family run place. It was sleepily set behind a surprisingly tranquil courtyard and its not just one of the exaggerated adjectives that one reads on the hotel website and reviews. It is surprising because it is a hop away from San Marco square – the epicentre of all the buzz and bustle and is zen peaceful. It’s a small place but it’s totally workable considering you’ll be spending most of your time outside and location is excellent.

 

 

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In tranquil and very italian courtyard of Al Codega.

 

San Marco was a convenient place to start, for us. It is a good place to start exploring Venice otherwise too. Just stand in Piazza San Marco, take a 360° view and starting ticking off ‘things to see’.

 

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Piazza San Marco

 

 

 

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Basilica di San Marco, one of the greatest buildings in Europe with well travelled horses over it’s porch and the not so well travelled pigeons! What an irony!

 

The four copper horses, that aren’t clearly appreciated in the picture above, were said to have Greek origin and were adorning the Hippodrome of Constantinople until looted by Napoleon and taken to Paris to display above Arc du Triomphe and then back to Venice. As with so many other sculptures and statues of historical importance, the original has been replaced by a replica.

 

 

 

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Birds (and lions) of a feather flock together!! The winged lion of St. Mark in company of pigeons.

 

 

 

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The Campanile, that gives the views of the city surrounding it and visibility permitting, of alps!

 

Galileo once walked all the way up on a ramp in Campanile, to demonstrate his telescope to the King but we have the convenience of the lift now. Thank God!

 

 

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The clock tower.

 

 

 

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A contemplating chef!

 

Close to San Marco square is Bacino Orseolo, wherein lie tethered, the traditional gondolas!

 

 

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The traditionally black gondolas moored in Bacino Orseolo. So textbook!

 

 

 

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Found my gondolas at last!! Happy as a lark!

 

 

 

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Loved the sight!

 

 

 

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That’s pretty close to Venice of my imagination. Well, except for the cloak.

 

 

 

 

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The Bridge of Sighs! Another landmark sight of Venice, close to San Marco square.

 

The bridge is named because of the ‘sighs’ of all the prisoners that were carried under this bridge to the prison further along but ‘it’s water under the bridge now’.

We hopped on to a vaporetto again, following a look around in San Marco area and took a tour of the Grand Canal. It’s a good way to acquaint oneself with the place and capture some stunning sights in Venice. Evening is a better time to catch some splendid sights along the way.

 

 

 

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A setting sun adding much needed warmth to the colours.

 

 

 

 

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Gondoliers at work.

 

 

 

 

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Ain’t she such a darling?

 

 

 

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Russet glow of setting sun.

 

 

 

 

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A lucky chap. You know who.

 

 

 

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Essence of twilight.

 

Venice is a nostalgic blend of romance & history. You can’t leave it without getting rubbed on by either. Delve into some Venetian history  starting at Palazzo Ducale or Doges Palace, a 9th century palace that was the official residence of each Venetian ruler.

 

 

 

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Up for another day, ready for more heat & history!

 

 

 

 

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Doges Palace

 

 

 

 

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A bridge from the palace compound

 

 

 

 

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Does it bring back a book cover memory to you as well?

 

 

 

 

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A view of Venice from the palace.

 

Well that was for the history bugs. But if, what brings you to Venice is the sentiment of romance interwoven with it, then here’s what you do – nothing!

Just wait for the next post.

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Comments

  1. Thanks a lot nykita!! Thanks for sharing!! I loved ur ikat kurta/dress too from one of ur previous post. Love your styling ideas. Would love to see more travelling posts. I love travelling too . me and my husband will be travelling to Santorini soon, your post on santorini was very helpful in planning!! I also have a passion for fashion and photography. Love love love ur posts. 🙂

    • pastlifeseamstress says:

      That Ikat dress is also from India by Haute Curry and was well loved in Rome too 😀
      Big thanks again for all the love! Hope you guys have a fantastic trip!!
      Cheers to the spirit that loves, creates and admires art!!

  2. Akanksha says:

    More beautiful than I imagined! Here’s the link to a video that I saw on science channel sometime back about Venice and how it’s being kept afloat. The engineering is simply amazing!! http://touch.dailymotion.com/video/x1c4t0j_strip-the-city-venice_creation

    • pastlifeseamstress says:

      Thank you Akanksha, for the lovely comment and the link…I’m surely going to check it out.

  3. Hi Nikita, I just started reading your blog. I love your style of writing . I wanted to ask you which camera do you use as all of the pictures are so beautiful. Also if you can give more information on your outfits as i love your outfits and the way you style them.

    • pastlifeseamstress says:

      Hello Neha,

      Thanks for being here and for all the appreciation. We use a crazy mix of Canon EOS rebel , a smaller point and shoot Canon and an iPhone to capture our moments. As for my outfits, they are no less crazy. 😉

      In this post when I’m all pink, I’m wearing a pink spaghetti top from India layered over an Intimissimi cami (bought in Italy), and what I’m wearing as a skirt is also actually a top (that’s the crazy part, it was too ‘balloony’ for a top) from Globus!! My thick ropey necklace also comes from India. The shoes are from Greece. My orange summery dress is from Brazil by Mercatto and the embroidered belt and bag is from a handicraft store in Delhi, India. The slippers are Indian too. I’m also wearing a multicoloured bracelet bought from a flea market in Rio de Janeiro.

      Do drop in a line if you need more info on any other outfit you liked and I’ll be happy to reply.
      Take care,
      Nykita 🙂