Most tourists flock to Piazza San Marco, the bridge of sighs and the Ponte di Rialto in Venice. But there is a lot more to Venice. It’s a city of neighbourhoods and piazza’s. Whilst not really a piazza, Campo Santo Stefano is large enough for most of us to think otherwise. Its a short stroll from the madness of Piazza San Marco and yet it feels like it could be in another city all together, so quiet and peaceful but still with lots of locals eating and drinking, shopping and stopping for a chat. This fine fellow, bathed in the early morning light, is Niccolo Tommaseo, one of the leaders of the revolt against the Austrians in 1848 and a advocate for a united Italy. 1/400 @ f9 85mm ISO100
The Tour Du Mont Blanc is a 170 km circular hike around the tallest mountain in the Alps.
Starting in France the track passes through both the Swiss and the Italian Alps before returning back to France. The spectacularly placed Rifugio Elisabetta is located on the side of the hill next to the GL (Glacier) de lee Blanche. On this particular day the storm clouds were gathering!
Arguably the prettiest palace in Venice’s lagoon, Burano is known for its lace industry and the colourful houses that line the streets and canals. Legend has it that the fishermen in days gone by wanted to see their houses from afar as they returned after a hard day’s trawl.
A walk along the streets will reveal a few shops that have their own seamstress producing intricate lace. But beware Chinese imitations are creeping in.
The day we were there was perfect but we must have also hit washing day! Washing dangled from lines drawn across alleys, streets, window to window, TV aerial to chimneys, anywhere that a make shift washing line could be installed.
To the north of Venice proper away from the madding, seething, cruise ship throng found in San Marco there’s lies two islands, Murano and Burano. They are just two of over 40 islands in the Laguna Veneta that surrounds Venice. Of course both of these attract (and indeed, need) tourists but at least they have to make some sort of effort to get there. Murano is famous for its glass and crystal production and it’s full of factories and shops with their glass blowing “Fornace” and artisans. More on colourful Burano next week.
The famous balcony is just off Via Mazzini where users of iPhones, compacts and DSLR’s blaze away hoping for that one different shot. Didn’t like my effort, so you won’t see it here!
What you will see here is the Madonna Verona (which actually dates from roman times) that sits on the fountain in the colourful Piazza delle Erbe. A small market sits in the Piazza next to the umbrellas and chairs that belong to the many cafes with fruit, veg and masks for sale for their carnival in autumn.
Romeo! Romeo! Wherefore art thou? That’s Verona, famous for the balcony featured in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet but it’s more than just that. The Via Mazzini Verona’s cobbled designer street starts from the still used third largest roman amphitheatre. The street and obligatory designer Mini ad was taken from the top of its terrace. Off Via Mazzini are many small streets dotted with scooters, bicycles, small shops and cafes. Loved it!
so this is what it’s like to blog! Interesting, sending out thoughts in words that may or may not be read by anyone!
anyway this is the first blog by katin images a small photography business. i’m nick one of the owners and we will seek to inform, educate and hopefully entertain anyone who is interested.
our image website www.travelandphotography.com.au has many images from our travels and closer to home. the first set of images we added to the site are from a crazy 170k, 11 day walk we did around mont blanc, the tallest mountain in the alps. This one of the vallee des glaciers is one of them but for the rest see “mountains”
there will be more on the tour du Mont Blanc (as its called) next time…but for now.. enjoy!!