No, not the Clooney Wedding!
Wall to wall coverage of Venice as a result of George Clooney’s wedding probably means everyone is sick of hearing about the place, but I want to record my own little bit of Venice from last week.
This was my eighth visit to Venice! This time we had a small apartment in a wonderful palazzo on the Grand Canal: Palazzo Loredan dell’Ambasciatore, a 15th century Gothic palace, the birthplace of two doges from the Loredan family, and later the home of ambassadors from the Austrian Empire. It is amazing to watch the waterway of the Grand Canal at such close quarters and see the variety of boats – water taxis, vaporetti, working boats, ambulances, police and fire, rubbish collectors, gondolas that pass up and down it from dawn till late.
One of the more dramatic moments of the trip was an amazing thunder and lightning storm which lasted for a couple of hours and exploded into a hailstone storm – the biggest hailstones I’ve ever seen! The result was a flooded apartment, but luckily we were taken to another apartment at the top of the palazzo to spend the night while our apartment was sorted out.
My attempt to capture the lightning through the gothic bars at our window. If you click on photo to make it bigger, you should just see the streak of lightning!:
But as always, my favourite thing in Venice is to wander the alleyways, cross the bridges, linger in the campos and stumble across magical scenes round every corner. St Mark’s is a teaming mass of tourists, but quiet calles and canals are everywhere. The sort of scene I love: Rio del Malpaga (seconds away from our apartment) from the bridge Ponte Malpago.I’ve got a feeling Ollie, my main character, will be painting this scene when he arrives in Venice any day now!
(We booked our apartment through Views on Venice, our third one through them) and found them as reliable and helpful as previously.)Tags: Venice; Rio del Malpaga, Views on Venice