Travel: Venice, Italy – November 2004

Venice, the city of Romance and Shadows

An early evening flight and landing followed by shuttle transport to the main island. 6pm and the streets were madness: theatrical masks and the heaving bustle of tourists crammed into narrow cobbled lanes. By 7pm I’d found the tiny boutique hotel, checked in, dumped bags and headed back out – to discover every living soul had vanished. Surreal. This is an aspect of Venice. The daylight crowds are like ghosts in the machine. Chatter and noise simply rendered to create an atmosphere. After dark – a more sinister vibe comes into play.  But not one that should put you off going; far from it – the duality of the city creates the magic.  If you’re a fan of H.P.Lovecraft’s “Cthulhu Mythos”; and specifically, if you enjoy the maddening concepts behind “The King in Yellow”, “The Yellow Sign”, and “Carcosa”, then you would absolutely die (and go nuts) for the mercurial, shifting plans of reality that pull the traveller into confusion – take four steps from your hotel without a map and spend four hours trying to find it again – was that wall there a moment ago? – I’m sure this bridge led to the main drag, no, wait, I’m in another courtyard with three options out again.  Ugh?!  Venice is a perfect city for fiction and fantasy.   It’s the place for dreams – and a place to craft nightmares.

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Travel Photo Venice Italy Copyright David J Rodger - Puppet on Strings

Puppet on Strings

Travel Photo Venice Italy Copyright David J Rodger - Canal View

Canal View

Travel Photo Venice Italy Copyright David J Rodger - Gondolas

Gondolas

Travel Photo Venice Italy Copyright David J Rodger - The Fish Market

The Fish Market

Travel Photo Venice Italy Copyright David J Rodger - Gondolas approaching Santa Maria della Salute

Gondolas and Santa Maria della Salute

Travel Photo Venice Italy Copyright David J Rodger - Old Man Walks through lonely lanes

The Isolation of Daylight

Travel Photo Venice Italy Copyright David J Rodger - Single woman alone at night - the darker side of Venice

Alone at Night

Travel Photo Venice Italy Copyright David J Rodger - The Darker Side of Venice

The Darker Side of Venice

Travel Photo Venice Italy Copyright David J Rodger - Sunlight filters through narrow alley

The Beauty of Light and Shadow – the inner story of Venice

Travel Photo Venice Italy Copyright David J Rodger - The Grand Canal and Santa Maria della Salute

The Grand Canal and Santa Maria della Salute

Travel Photo Venice Italy Copyright David J Rodger - Vaulted colonnade Doges Palace

Vaulted colonnade at the front of the Doges Palace

Travel Photo Venice Italy Copyright David J Rodger - beautiful reflection on canal water

Canal Reflection

Travel Photo Venice Italy Copyright David J Rodger -  Campanile of St Mark's church

Campanile of St Mark’s church

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