City of Magic
19.03.2008 - 19.03.2008 18 °C
Here is what I wrote in my diary on the way home from Venice...
"If I ever marry I would like to have my honeymoon in Venice, at the time of Carnivale. Venice was the most mysterious, magical and dreamy place I have ever been and I LOVED it. As I got out of the train station I couldnt believe my eyes, a river similar to the Southbank area, but alive with gorgeous gondolas, ferries and people.The Grande Canale has three bridges but through the hundreds of streets of water, there are about 400 bridges. The day was sunny but cool and the water was a gorgeous grey-green colour. To watch a gondola pass is like watching a graceful animal gliding through the water, except sometimes the men pushing the gondolas (all in stripy shirts) were singing some Italian romatic song at the top of their voices, as if someone had just broken their heart!!
There were streets filled with tourists and streets isolated. It was impossible not to get lost among the massive maze of tiny streets. It was so nice because you could find a quiet place to sit and watch the gondolas pass or you could walk throught he busier parts with restaurants and cafes and shops where they sold the most exquisite masks. There were hundreds of masks (for masquerade) each uniquely designed with awesome colours, glitter, shiny spray, with fabrics and with feathers. There were simple ones, elaborately decorated ones...I really had difficulty taking my eyes off them when I went into one of these shops. Sometimes they also had the costumes to go with the masks...big dresses and cloaks. There were matching ones for couples and strangely a lot of the masks for men had a beak-like structure. I really couldnt absorb enough of this magnificent city."