When I was young I practiced much sport.
That allowed me to understand the true meaning of the obstacles in the 3000 meters race.
The hurdles, the wall, the trench are very easy to transpose when you start, but, turn after turn, they become “higher” and “wider” and their sight mean from a challenge in the beginning, to a nightmare when approaching the end.
Venetian bridges, are a blessing in the morning, allowing us to cross all the wide or narrow canals, but after a day walking around, when you walk back to your hotel, look at their size.
Much bigger… right?
Vaporetto, my dear… vaporetto!
While in all Europe, in December, commerce is directed to Christmas, Venice is already selling… Carnival.
Yes, if we search for it we may find some gadgets included in Christmas paraphernalia, but the core business in early December is already masks and costumes.
That means two things:
I tried to discover the price of the beautiful costumes in display – no way! Either they were only displayed for decoration or the price is so frightening that it is only announced by demand.
The masks are very expensive, as expected, but in some popular stalls it’s easy to find something alike, for half the price. Unbranded, of course, no guaranty, doubtful quality, ordinary design, but… it’s carnival.
What’s the problem?
It happens that all my visits to Venice took place in winter or spring. That way, I always saw a rainy or grey town.
The balance between dusk and artificial lights allowed, in my last visit, this good picture of Rialto by my friend Paulo.
It's interesting to see the face of town changing so deeply and quickly, and, no matter the weather, each direction you look or picture has its own beauty (if you forget degradation...).
One of the bad points of Venice is the degraded look of most of its buildings.
However, when you think at the hard conditions faced by those who work in the maintenance of the facades to the canals, it's easy to understand that the work cannot be done as often as the lovers of the city would appreciate.
The beauty of most Venetian’s buildings is an invitation for light games, enriching the night.
Surprisingly, even before the crises, the lights were dimmed, and the illumination was discreet and subtle.
Is that intentional, to increase the intimacy of the spaces or… anything else?
I don’t know, but for a badly equipped photography lover, it’s a small frustration.