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April blossoms and spring in the Lagoon of Venice

Venice: Boat Building, Bridge Fights and a Boat Legend

Under Western Skies

As I was researching locations for the recent Part 4 of Ye Bigge Sleepe, I concentrated on the Dorsoduro portion of Venice, because the Università Ca’ Foscari, one of the places that figured in the story is there. That jogged a memory from a walk The Counselor and I took there one afternoon, with only a general idea of a destination in mind.

We encountered this scene:

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We’d happened upon Lo Squero di San Trovaso: “The Boat Builders of San Trovaso.”

In numerous trips to Venice, we’d seen hundreds of boats and ridden in a few, including gondolas. I’d never seriously wondered where gondolas come from, but that’s one place.

The boatyard is marked with a red flag near the bottom center of the map:

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According to their website, the squero has been there since at least the 17th Century. The wooden architecture of the boatyard buildings isn’t typically…

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Harvesting Blossoms and the Ancient Perfume Manufacturers in Venice

You know it’s autumn in Venice when …

On the Run in Venice

Under Western Skies

I have never written more than a few words about Venice, Italy in this blog, despite the fact that I’ve visited there more times than almost any other city on the planet. I have been to a number of cities in the U.S. more often, but only because work took me there repeatedly. Venice stands as one of my favorite places, period.

I’m not alone. Websites, blogs and travel magazines include stories about Venice in endless profusion. It’s so well-reported, in fact, that I’ve hesitated to try to say something or show you something you don’t already know.

Venice is an immensely popular destination. In 2014, Venice — which has fewer than 60,000 permanent residents — had approximately 20 million visitors.

As a result, Venice is a crowded place in the prime season. How much? Look at this July scene in Piazza San Marco:

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That’s as far as we ventured into the jam-packed St…

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Italy – Street Photography

Edge of Humanity Magazine

Fine Art Photographer Andy Parker is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this street photography.  To see Andy’s gallery of  projects click on any image.

Bridge Crossing, Venice, Italy 2016 Bridge Crossing, Venice, Italy 2016

Double Take (Self Portrait), Venice, Italy 2016 Double Take (Self Portrait), Venice, Italy 2016

Monochrome Abstracts of Venice, Italy 2016 Monochrome Abstracts of Venice, Italy 2016

 Lost in Rome, Italy 2016 Lost in Rome, Italy 2016

Venetian Dreams, Venice, Italy 2016 Venetian Dreams, Venice, Italy 2016

Battle Against the Elements, Venice, Italy 2016 Battle Against the Elements, Venice, Italy 2016

Remote Access, Rome, Italy 2015 Remote Access, Rome, Italy 2015

Boxes, Venice, Italy 2016 Boxes, Venice, Italy 2016

 Wanderings in Rome, Italy 2016 Wanderings in Rome, Italy 2016

 Departing Kiss, Milan, Italy 2015 Departing Kiss, Milan, Italy 2015

 Business as Usual, Venice, Italy, 2015 Business as Usual, Venice, Italy, 2015

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Venice Collection

By Andy Parker


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Postcard from Venice: Traffic over the Grand Canal

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