VENICE


Venetian Sunset – from Piazza San Marco … Pen & Wash – WHB … 2013

City of Islands
City of dream
Inscribed with colour
 Every line.

City of History
City of deeds
Imbued with story
Every step

City of Passion
City of pride
Engorged with fashion
Every stride

City of Clamour
City of bells
Ringing with meaning
Every knell

City of Turmoil
City of strife
Threaded with suffering
Every hurt

City of Mansions
City of graves
Instilled with ardour
Every shrine

City of Titian
City of art
Awash with beauty
Every part

City of Merchants
City of trade
Echoed by Shakespeare
Every shade

City of Conflict
City of strife
Turbulent city
Every vice

City of Water
City of flood
Sea taking over
Every surge

City of Magic
City of spells
Present in each pile
Every shell

City of Revels
City of fun
Carnivals rule life
Every fete

City of Intrigue
City of masks
Sophistry renews
Every day

City of Drama
City of sin
Would I were there now
Let new life begin.

Venice . . . Pen & Wash – WHB: 2013

Venice, La Serenissima

Yes, I know photographs of La Serenissima, Bride of the Sea, are everywhere. However, I thought, for my travelogue this week, I’d throw in just a few of my own photographs taken on a short visit there ten years ago . . .

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Sea Approach – note the snow-capped Alps in the background

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The Doge’s Palace and the sea landing for St.Mark’s Square

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Doge’s Palace and the Bridge Of Sighs

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San Giorgio Maggiore from St.Mark’s Square

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The rowers in the lagoon operate from a standing position

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Sea entrance to one of the minor canals

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The Grand Canal from St.Mark’s Square

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Front of St. Mark’s Basilica from St.Mark’s Square

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Al fresco entertainment in St. Mark’s Square

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St.Mark’s Square with Basilica and Campanile

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Gondolas for hire on the Grand Canal

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A Venetian Gondola in a side canal

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A canal-side ambulance station … “Aiutami”

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A Jeff Koons ‘Balloon Dog’ sculpture on the Grand Canal

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Just one of the many palaces on the Grand Canal

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Venetian Sunset – from Piazza San Marco … Pen & Wash … WHB … 2013

VENICE

City of Islands
City of Dream
Inscribed with colour
Every scene

City of History
City of Deeds
Imbued with story
Every step

City of Passion
City of Pride
Engorged with fashion
Every stride

City of Clamour
City of Bells
Ringing with meaning
Every knell

City of Turmoil
City of Strife
Threaded with suffering
Every knife

City of Mansions
City of Shrines
Instilled with ardour
Every line

City of Titian
City of Art
Awash with beauty
Every part

City of Merchants
City of Trade
Echoed by Shakespeare
Every shade

City of Water
City of Mud
Sea taking over
Every flood

City of Magic
City of Spells
Present in each pile
Every shell

City of Revels
City of Fete
Carnivals rule life
Every date

City of Intrigue
City of Masks
Sophistry renews
Every task

City of Drama
City of Sin
Would I were there now
Let new life begin.

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The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, from St Mark’s Square, Venice … WHB … 2013