Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Venice 2014

As usual every year I made my annual trip to the Venice carnival.  This year it was a bit later due to Easter being later.  The benefit of this was the most fabulous sunny warm weather!  It was a complete joy to sit out on a deck with a spritz and a bite to eat....
Flying over Lake Garda en route to Venice.

First sight of Venice from the air.

One of the speeding private water taxis!

La Serenissima complete with snow capped 
Dolomite Mountains behind - that's rare to see!

Island of San Girogio Maggiore.

Bridge of Sighs at sunset

Sunset looking towards The Salute.

A close up of The Salute.

A bright morning looking to San Giorgio - the 
light was sooo intense!

A church courtyard - but better known 
as the Questura in German film adaptations 
of the Donna Leon Brunetti detective 
series of books.

Reflections on a canal.

Lovers locks on the Accademia Bridge.

These lovers were obviously determined 
to fit their lock somewhere!

The gondola repair yard at San Trovaso.

The view to the Campanile and Doges 
Palace from the Dorsoduro.

Another bridge, another boat, another reflection.

Lovely still water reflections.

A lovely mascot on a gondola.

These beautiful camellias were in bloom 
near the Accademia.

The grandeur of bygone days 
hidden in the bushes.

I was lucky to capture a solitary 
gondola in the Grand Canal!

A carnival person on the Accademia Bridge.

Of course I was heading for Gelateria Nico 
when I went over the Accademia Bridge...
...there I enjoyed an Aperol Spritz with 
crisps and a pizza slice....

...and the hot chocolate is TDF!!....

...then there is the very famous ice cream - 
raspberry, peach and amaretto here...
..and one can always take an ice cream 
to walk home with ...pistachio and amaretto!  
And no I did not have all of these on the 
same day!!!

A lovely wintry sunshine over the lagoon.  

I will post some carnival photos in another post.  
I hope you enjoyed the sights and some flavours
of Venice!


  1. Where do you stay in Venice? Do you always stay in the same place?!

    1. Hello CL yes I stay at the same hotel every year it takes the hassle out of chosing somewhere! I use the Palazzo Selvadego/Monaco e Grand which are just by St Marks Square so very handy! SA:-)

  2. Very nice! We are going to Venice in a few weeks, my first ever visit. Can't wait to see it all for myself.

    1. Hi Patricia - oooh how exciting - funny but I hated Venice the first time I went LOL then I got my photos back (in the days of film) and OMG it was gorgeous!!! Now I can't bear the thought of not going there. Luckily I have never experienced a proper Aqua Alta. Definitely go to Gelateria Nico - it is very famous and is situated on the Zattere right next to the Zattere vaporetto stop so you can't miss it! Their deck faces the sun so you can soak up the rays. Also if you want to see St Mark's Basilica my top tip is to go about 3pm as the day trippers start to go home then and it quietens down.
      I hope you are enjoying having William, Kate and George in your country! It has been lovely to see George at last as they have rather kept him hidden from us here! Have a fabulous trip to Europe. SAx

    2. Thank you SA, I have carefully written down your notes. Our hotel also is near to St Marks, so I hope it proves to be a good location. Happy Easter to you! xx

    3. Oh it will be perfect! Happy Easter to you too - I just had a fabulous trip over Easter to Northern Ireland SA;-)

  3. What a great sight of Venice as well as their food, especially the dessert. Venice is one of the most picturesque and recognizable cities in the world. Thanks for sharing and for the wonderful photos.

  4. You're welcome Sara glad you enjoyed the post. SA :-)