Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Monday, October 15, 2018

A Single Entrance Into Two Eras

This is one of those rare instances in which to enter a single doorway is to pass through two distinct eras. Of course when the Renaissance-style doorway was originally installed within the older Gothic doorway, the latter would likely have been plastered over, rendering the out-of-style out of sight.  

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Rarely Seen Venice: Around the Rii of San Polo, This Afternoon

Having first been given charge of a tiller at the age of three in the boats of our friends, my now 10-year-old driver (aka, my son) has over the years become skilled enough at navigating the narrow rii of Venice that I'm now sometimes able to take pictures of those stretches of them that are mostly impossible to see on foot (as in all five cases here).

Passing by grand facades and water gates (as in the second-to-last image below) fronting narrow and otherwise humble canals, you're reminded of how completely oriented toward the water was Venetian life, and not just on the Grand Canal.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

A Little Water Music, This Morning

Okay, so it wasn't actually Handel, or anything resembling Handel, that this complete band of about a dozen musicians played as it was being ferried across the Grand Canal from Santa Sofia to the Rialto fish market, but whatever the lively number was--and whoever the band was, and whyever it was in Venice today--it provided a rousing accompaniment to a memorable sight. This short passage completed, the band then disembarked and headed to wherever their next performance was supposed to take place, making no more noise than any other group of visitors to the city.

Thursday, October 4, 2018