Saturday, May 25, 2013

Venice week #10 - final part

During our time in Venice, we stayed away from the most popular attractions, at least in the daytime... instead, we explored less crowded places. At night however, the streets and canals are virtually empty, 




and you can experience the magic of even the most popular spots with almost no one around. The Rialto bridge..



so different from a few hours ago, when it was swaying with a thousand feet.


A few blocks away, hidden in a side street, the Da Fiore restaurant specialises in sea food..


Venice's famous Murano glass adds colorful touches to the warm and cosy interior



we settle in..




Walking back to the hotel through dimly lit streets and squares.


Nearing midnight, the ever buzzing St Mark's square is almost deserted,


and the café's musicians have finished playing their last tune..






Venice goes to sleep,


and the gondolas are tucked away for the night




Da Fiore: Sestiere San Polo, 2202, 30125 Venice, Tel:+39 041 721308


~ End of the Venice travelogue ~




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44 comments:

  1. Spettacolo!
    Thanks Maitai, really enjoyed that trip. That last post did it for me and I surrender: I love Italy but Venice to me 10 years ago was a ticked box. Done. But the sheer idea of walking it at night like you did is tipping me over the edge: don't like crowds and love visiting a city at night. If I go back, that's just what i'll do!
    Have a lovely sunday,
    Béatrice, Permafrosted Switzerland

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    1. Here's to night walks, romance and staying away from crowds, dear Béatrice! What happened to Spring this year though? We still have the heating on from time to time, and it's nearly June! Have a wonderful Sunday too.

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  2. In all the photos of Venice that I have ever seen,none are as hauntingly beautiful as these. You seem to have captured the soul of Venice.
    thank you.

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    1. Thank you for the beautiful compliment, dear Linda. I was so happy when the pictures turned out how I perceived my surroundings. Enjoy a happy remaining weekend!

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  3. What a wonderful conclusion to your Venice travelogue! Thank you for giving me an insight of another side of Venice. We're thinking of going there during February. Which hotel did you stay at this time around?

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    1. Thank you, cewek! We stayed at the Bauer (they have three hotels in Venice..ours was by the St Mark's Sqaure -or should I say Harry's Bar-, which is a great location. You can always go to the more tranquil Bauer Palladio for meals or to visit the gardens.. see my previous post on Giudecca). Have fun!

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  4. This is epic,dear friend! The serenity,romance and mystery are surreal. It does appear to be like a movie set...think I spot a klieg light in one of the pics! I am curious to know where do all of the people go at night? Maybe they cleared the way for you knowing it was a special celebration? My dear, I think you did hold the keys to the city;-) Thank you ,thank you for this beautiful travelogue and for being so generous with your life and time. Now, I am bleu that this journey has come to an end. Have a wonderful and relaxing day, T xx

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    1. The difference between day and night was literally... day and night! I don't know where everyone was gone.. perhaps to an early bed, after a long and exhausting day of sightseeing. The walk from the Da Fiore back to the hotel is unbelievably busy at daytime (around the Rialto bridge it resembles a theme park), but at night, it felt like being in one of the final scenes of 'Don't look now'..we expected to see a shiny little red coat at any moment! Hugs and happy weekeend bisous xx

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    2. Happy Mother's Day to you dear friend! It sounds as if it started perfectly with DS,wild poppies and a handmade card <3
      While we were having breakfast, my DH took a stroll through Venice with you! He always remarks on what an amazing photographer you are! You really should offer a series of these for sale in MT Collection! They are suitable for framing!
      What a month this has been for you...so very happy<3 T xx

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    3. It has been such a happy month indeed my dearest friend, thank you for sharing it with me <3 How clever of you to have shown DH the travelogue... do I sense a trip coming up? ;-) In any case, so happy you both enjoyed the pictures! Have a wonderful rest of the week xx

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  5. Dearest MaiTai,
    My heartfelt gratitude for this incredible and unforgettable Venice travelogue. You are a master storyteller, dearest MaiTai - your remarkable photos and the marvelous tempo of each unfolding story takes us on a most exceptional journey. Thank you for sharing so generously of your special romantic birthday celebration. Wishing you a most wonderful Mother's Day, dear friend. All my love to you and a million thank you hugs and kisses xoxo

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    1. My dearest Scarf Enthusiast, I am so very happy you enjoyed the trip, thank you for sharing it with me, and for the exquisite and beautiful commentary. Putting the posts together made me re-live all the precious moments, and I wish it would not end here.. Mother's Day could not have been sweeter and more tender, DS made me a beautiful card, picked wild poppies and brought it all up with breakfast. Have a wonderful Sunday, my dear friend xox

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  6. Wonderful series and you saved the best for last! So romantic!

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    1. So happy you enjoyed it, many thanks!

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  7. Arrivederci Venice! A spectacular ending to a gorgeous trip. This has been a visual feast for the eyes. These are my favourite photos of all. Venice at night...the lapping water...the echoes of footsteps...it's so mystical...
    Thank you for sharing this incredible travelogue with us.
    How lucky I am to have found you, dear Mai Tai!
    Barbara A

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    1. Hugs my dear Barbara, we do love the same things so much, it seems! I'll be forever grateful to those who developed the internet, and for allowing us to meet soulsisters all across the globe. Still have not been to the pharmacy, but will report back on the Avibon soon!

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  8. Fantastic night's pictures giving us the soul of the true Venice. Is Da Fiori still very good?
    And Murano glasses hum I like them so much Did you buy some?
    I atill have mine in red and blue and my husband does niot like wiine inside...well thanks MT for these beautiful pictures all around your trip.
    Monica

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    1. The food at Da Fiori was very good, my dear Monica! I thought it would be raining that night, which is why I booked... it is so cosy inside. As it turned out, the evening was mild and so we could have eaten al fresco somewhere else... but it did not matter, as we had a fabulous meal, and a most wonderful time. Re the glasses, I am with your DH, and prefer classic glasses for wine. I was tempted to get some waterglasses as a souvenir, but decided I have already enough glasses which are not dishwasher safe. Will have to go back if I miss them too much ;-)

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  9. MaiTai -

    What a beautiful trip and such gorgeous photographs to capture it! Thank you for letting us vicariously experience Venice through your eyes. It's been many years since I was in Venice and now I am absolutely inspired to return.

    Hoping you had a wonderful birthday!

    Warmly,

    Lady B

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    1. Many thanks, dear Lady B! I could not have wished for a more magical time.. Hope you can make it back to the Lagoon one day soon!

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  10. I loved all the episodes of your travelogue but this one is really special to me, so romantic and peaceful. I could hear the melody of your Vivier heels on the cobbled streets of Venise.
    Happy mother’s day my dear MT (even if everyday is special and sunny thanks to our wonderful children, whatever they do…. We are mothers don’t we ?)
    Catherine

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    1. Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day, my dear Catherine! You are right re the RVs, I wore my black/silver pair when taking most of these night shots... missing walking those streets already!

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  11. Dearest MaiTai

    What a wonderful way of starting the day!
    This is my favourite post ever and I thank you so much, so much, for taking us through glorious and beautiful Venice.
    The serenity, mistery and magic of this wonderful city are captured in these unforgetable photographs and show us your ability of looking at Venice with the soul and not only with the eyes...
    Thank you for being so generous and for showing us the true meaning of 'joie de vivre'.
    Like dear Trudye, I am 'blue' too that this magical journey has come to an end.
    Thank you for being such a great 'storyteller as dear Scarf Enthusiast so accurately writes it.

    Happy Mother's Day, dearest MaiTai! Love, M xx

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    1. Oh my dearest Manuela, joining you and Trudye in the ‘Blue Club’! Putting the travelogue together has very much extended the journey for me, and now that it has finished, I am a little sad too...Thank you for sharing and coming along <3 x

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  12. Dear MaiTai,

    Your travelogue was absolutely beautiful! It came at the most convenient time for me! My family and I will be in Venice in 3 weeks. The photos and descriptions make me anticipate our vacation that much more.
    A belated Happy Birthday to you! Welcome to the "second half". Over fifty is fabulous-I know!

    Best, Sue Ellen

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    1. Oh how great, wishing you a most wonderful time in Venice, dear Sue Ellen! And thank you for the welcome into the club. So far, it has been fabulous indeed ;-)

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  13. I can not hardly believe it, but Venice does appear to be more beautiful at night. Your photos are wonderful. Thank you for sharing your week with us! xo

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    1. Many thanks, dear vintagefrenchchic! I can imagine the early mornings to be magical too, but I never made it out of bed in time...

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  14. Dearest MaiTai,
    I have loved every post in this lovely travelogue. Thank you for turning 50. LOL! Venice's beauty is unrelenting! Your reflections, the water's reflections.. so breathtaking. Thank you for seeing so much beauty, and your poetic shares.
    Much love
    Terese
    xx

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    1. So happy you enjoyed exploring this magical place with me, my dearest Terese! Wish I could have captured Venice's sounds too, it was so special to experience the complete absence of ‘traffic on wheels'. Enjoy a wonderful rest of the week <3

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  15. It's like discovering the soul of this wonderful place. The beauty of your photographs.... amazing. Thank you.
    Warm greetings, Marie from Belgium

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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely compliment, my dear Marie!

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  16. Thanks for sharing this time in Venice, it brought back it all back so vividly. We loved finding the less well known corners, but truly there are no bad parts to this magical place .

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    1. Dear Estrella, it is so wonderful to know that the posts brought back happy memories, thank you!

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  17. Dear MaiTai, I hated for this lovely series to end, but what a wonderful finale you've created! These photos are so gorgeous, and magical. Thank you again, for your generosity in sharing your travels with us!

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    1. Thank you for sharing and coming along, dear NiniNotes! I am sad it’s coming to an end too... wish I could go back tomorrow and start on new chapters! ;-)

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  18. So lovely, reminded me certainly of Roeg's 'Don't Look Now' but also of the haunting episodes of Brideshead Revisited shot in Venice. Can't wait to return to Venice with the MT guidebook in my hand! Thanks for sharing your ideas and thoughts, so generous. Have a great day! s

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    1. Many thanks, dear S! We saw ‘Don’t look now’ last week... it is amazing how dated it 'suddenly' felt, apart from Venice’s beauty, which is unchanged. Love Brideshead Revisited, and looking forward re-watching it soon. Have a wonderful remaining week!

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  19. Nous finissons en beauté venise la nuit c est magique et magnifique
    Merci pour se si beau reportage et ses endroits si beaus.
    Tous étaient splendides comme vous .
    Dans l espoir de vous voir
    Bises.MYRIAM

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    1. Merci pour votre gentil commentaire et pour partager le voyage, chère Myriam. Je suis ravi que la reportage vous avez plu. Une très belle fin de la semaine à vous! Bises

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  20. This Venetian story makes a wonderfully rounded-up story, pure perfection itself.
    I wish it had never finished.
    You have spoilt us :-)
    Best, Lea

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    1. Thank you so much, my dearest Lea! There will be an ‘encore’, in the form of 'Venice inspire'd capsule wardrobe episodes. Hope you’ll enjoy them <3

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  21. Dear Maitai,
    Bravissima! Your portrait of Venice is brilliant. That fascinating fusion of its splendid beauty and your style could make Canaletto envious. Pure poetry!
    I love my new three scarf rings in ebony, black horn and mother pearl with venetian sparkles that arrived yesterday. As always, all is perfect.
    Warmest regards,
    María (from Spain)

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    1. Dear María, I am so happy that you enjoyed the Venice series! There was so much beauty, it just took my breath away... Thank you for letting me know re the package, I am so pleased. Wishing you much fun with your new scarf ring babies, and a wonderful rest of the week!

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