Italy : Breaking Dawn in Venice.

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Who gets up at 4am in the morning on a holiday? A curious pair of ‘tourists’ who wanted to see, feel and capture the city that is upto its brim with people from sun to sun. We did something unusual this time and had the most elegant drawing room of Europe to ourselves for a couple of hours.

It must feel something, isn’t it? It felt sneaky, a tiny bit adventurous and strangely empowering and a lot like the times when our parents were out and we would have the home to ourselves and were the kings & queens of the fortress!

It was an oxymoron-ish mix of freedom with the entire city and its relics at your disposal but with a sense of constraint so as not to do something to wake up the city that slept so peacefully like a baby.

There’s less to say and more to see, as was the case that morning.

 

 

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The hard earned rest under the blue shield.

 

 

 

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San Marco Square just before the sunrise, how different it looks sans all the people?

 

 

 

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Standing in what Napolean called as the ‘most elegant drawing room of Europe’.

 

 

 

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The places were very much the same yet all the sights and sounds were different.

 

 

 

 

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A warm glow slowly starts filling in colours in the dark objects.

 

 

 

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With each passing second, the colours get a shade brighter and it is as magical as a setting sun.

 

 

 

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All the little lamps light up with the early rays trapped in them.

 

 

 

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That’s our spot to catch the first of the rays!

 

 

 

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And in an unprecedented moment it explodes with thousands of rays striking everything golden on the way.

 

 

 

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After watching a spectacular sunrise, catching some rays of the nascent sun myself.

 

 

 

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It feels beautiful to be a part of something so stunning!

 

 

 

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That must’ve been some night!

 

 

 

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And we moved on, crossing these small bridges, reaching Accademia area.

 

 

 

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Accademia bridge.

 

 

 

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Not too bad for a morning face. Rather pretty.

 

 

 

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We caught this part of city sleepy, groggy, enveloped in mist.

 

 

 

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Nearly placid waters.

 

 

 

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How much a city stirs during day reflects in how hushed and peaceful it gets before daybreak.

 

Besides being unique to our vacations, this little venture was refreshing and a very memorable experience.

 

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A lovely morning.

 

However packed and unimpressive being on Rialto may be during the day, the sights overlooking Rialto at night are deeply immersive and unbeatable.

 

 

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One of the most beautiful sights that makes this bridge so popular.

 

 

 

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Most surreal of sights!

 

 

 

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A picture perfect night in Venice.

 

 

So this was Venice, before sunrise and after sunset! We loved how we saw it and how we captured it. If you are wondering what kept us entertained during the day, read my next post. Out soon. 🙂

Read the last post on Venice here