Venice up close

So far, my posts about Italy have included Infrequently Asked Questions (here and here), searching for the mundane, some sounds, and pictures of things both grand and typical (plus this bonus).

But some of our most memorable views of Venice we found coming around a corner, crossing a little bridge, or entering an old piazza. So before we leave Italy altogether, I welcome the chance to shift focus: let’s step in and look at some details.

First, a couple of small elements from Spinea, the place we stayed a short distance from Venice:

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El Guapo’s artistic soul called for the transporting of this leaning-tower penholder from the phone stand to a cozy spot among the chives. Apparently* it’s not just foreign tourists that buy souvenirs of this famous landmark in Pisa.

The apartment had a little stash of games, among which we found this venerable old-timer:

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It’s been a while, but Ninja used to be a mad Battleship player (and his grandpa a very patient partner). And it’s been a while since this particular game left the factory–I’d guess more than 60 years.

Now for Venice proper. I read somewhere that there are more than 600 old wells in the city, none of which are now used.

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Stonework details like the gentleman below are a big draw for me. If he could only talk….

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This lovely lady is a door handle:

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It’s not only cars that have hood ornaments: this is on a gondola.

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Here’s a couple doing their best to entice passers-by to inspect a mask shop.

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We saw lots of interesting metalwork.

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Mosaics, simple and complex:

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This arch could have gone with the majestic photos from a previous post, but I include it here because it’s a detail of St. Mark’s Basilica.

I’m always amazed by screens made of stone.

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A few details from the tops of things:

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And birds keeping someone company in a niche:

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This seemed so very unlikely–a mythical beast with a bunch of umbrellas?

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Venice was a treat. Next travel stop: London!

 

*I don’t know how long it will be until I can again use the perfectly serviceable word “apparently” without thinking of this viral video:

The song that resulted can be found here. It’s pretty catchy.

[Images: El Guapo]

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