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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