Venice Italy, with any small and large canals, bridges and alleyways, you can walk around the city or you can take a boat. I don’t recall seeing any bicycles, too many bridges to carry the bike over to make it worth the ride I guess. It seems every bridge we walked over we would see a gondola full of people. When the light is just right the reflections of the buildings fill the canal. Some canals were so small, and the corners so tight I wondered how the gondola would make the turn, but they always managed. With the reflection of the buildings in the canal water, it looks as if the gondola has nowhere to go.
We have had a few rainy days, or at least rainy afternoons while visiting Italy, but the rain has not slowed down our sightseeing. The tables and chairs go unused but they are a great inspiration for street photography. The beautiful line of tables and chairs forming a leading line through the photo, to the windows, and the reflections of people and umbrellas. I think the red umbrella is the perfect example of the story coming together in one simple photo. Rain or no rain, it was another great day.
Enjoying Florence at night
San Petronio, Bologna’s most famous and impressive church. It is the sixth largest church in Europe. Its size is impressive: 132 metres long by 66 metres wide by 45 metres tall with the facade reaching a height of 51 metres. Construction of the basilica began in 1390, the basilica should have been the largest in the world, but things didn’t go well: the pope didn’t approve of the idea of a church larger than St. Peters. The construction of the Basilica was put on hold for a long time, partly due to lack of funding and the technical challenges of achieving the very high Gothic vaults
Our first day in Bologna Italy, and we find the streets busy, many of the streets closed for a festival, bands and buskers performing everywhere and tents up in Piazza Maggore giving away and selling samples of their Mortadella.
San Petronio is the patron saint of the city and the two towers are one of the Bologna’s most famous landmarks. The skyline of Bologna is distinctive with about 20 of the medieval towers remaining, power symbols belonging to the richest families. It must have been like the Manhattan of the middle ages! The twin towers here have become the symbol of the city.
Ms Martodella, one of the many wandering the Piazza Maggore and enjoying the festival.
I did participate in the Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk, one of two or three here in the city of Bologna, and these are just two of the many images taken during the day.
One of the many bridges of Verona, and just one of the many places we visited during our three days in the city!
Despite the weather we enjoyed our visit, and we are now off the Bologna, a short 1 hour train ride south of Verona, and with one more good night sleep I will, hopefully, be over the jet-lag, and have something interesting to tell you about our visit!
The Ponte Pietra is a Roman arch bridge crossing the Adige River in Verona Italy. It had been cloudy with spots of rain all day, so we didn’t think there would be much of a sunset! Lucky for us the clouds broke ever so slightly and there was a little bit of pink showing through. Using a long exposure so there is a softness to the clouds and water. The second image is taken from the other side; the water has nothing to ripple over and the long exposure enhances the reflection.
It is getting dark earlier and the street lights are coming on earlier. We have been suffering a little jet lag so our days and nights a little confused and more than a little tired, but that is expected I guess.
We are off to Bologna today, just a short train ride from Verona.
On Saturday I am going to participate in the Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk tomorrow, so I am looking forward to meeting up with some fellow photographers and seeing the lovely Bologna Italy! How about you, are you participating in the photo walk?
I hope your friday is a good one.
The House of Juliet, where the real-life Cappello family once lived, is a mob scene. The tiny, courtyard is a spectacle, with visitors from all over the world posing on the balcony and taking snapshots of each other rubbing Juliet’s bronze breast, and hoping to get lucky in love. The walls are covered with love notes and pennies stuck to the wall with gum.
and of course there is a tourist shop selling the usual tourist items, and love locks.
Verona has so much more to offer, in the way of historical sites, wonderful quaint wine bars and beautiful piazzas, but everyone who visits the city stops here in this tiny courtyard, a pilgrimage of sorts, to great love story.
Ciao from Verona Italy.
After about 19 hours in transit, travel about 7500 nautical kilometres we arrived in Verona Italy late Monday night just a little tired.
Tuesday afternoon we headed out to wander the streets and get acquainted with the city. With no clear plan we walked into the city centre, through Piazza Bra past the Roman Amphitheatre and onto the Piazza Delle Erbe or Market Square. Here poet Berto Barbarani looks out over the square. A lovely square filled with history, restaurants, and market stalls filled to the brim with tourist goodies!
“Once a year go someplace you have never been”
We have decided to visit as many places as we can visit in one very short year and now we are off to Italy where the food and wine is as rich as the history and art. I am packing a little more camera equipment, a better tripod and a new portable storage device for all the photos I plan on taking!