Tag Archives: Canaletto

Weekly Photo Challenge – Gondolas afloat in Venice

Flat-bottomed gondolas have been gliding round Venice’s water-ways for centuries. The first written reference dates back to 1094 whilst artists such as Carpaccio, Bellini and Canaletto documented the styles down through the ages. Today the classic black gondola is synonymous … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Twinkle, twinkle, little star

As visual creatures, we’ve been attracted to light for thousands of years. From the first fires to the summer sunshine, from ceremonial candlelight to the dazzle of diamonds, we love light. So for this week’s photo challenge I decided to … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Festa della Madonna della Salute, November 21st, Venice

It was clear from the water-bus stop that something was happening. Half of Venice was on the move, it seemed. Large extended families with giddy children on scooters gently jostled older couples holding hands. Groups of friends chatted happily as others … Continue reading

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Festa della Sensa – Row, row, row your boat!

Venice owes its fortune to the sea. As early as the 8th century AD Venetian ships were sailing east to trade European goods such as metal, cloth and controversially, slaves for gold, jewels, furs and spices from the Middle East. … Continue reading

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