Monday, April 3, 2017

Perchance to dream, Venice



"We all need something to look forward to." 
That is my Mom talking. She says it often and she is right. We do, we bumbling, beautiful humans; we do.

And so now, and for the foreseeable future (if such a thing truly exists), I will be counting down the days until I can return to Venice. 

For this magical city truly stole my heart. 

I would move to La Serenissima if I could, return tonight if possible. And yes, I cried when I left.

How did I even get there?

Any of you who have been reading for even the smallest amount of time can sumrise that I don't have the means and you would be right. But with true friendship, so much becomes possible.

And that includes wishing on this watery star after a year (and counting, for the hard work is still in progress, all uncertain) of pulling hand over wrist to keep my head above the line. Of not looking past this one day, let alone towards a city that spins eternal, whether or not that might be the case in the...foreseeable future.

To feel pure joy.

It feels like breathing beauty to have a dream again.

Oh, how I am hopefully grateful.













Grazie Venezia, grazie mia cara amica.

36 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures! I love Venice as well and have been lucky enough to stay there twice. Once in my younger years, once as an older married women - 2 different experiences, both fabulous. I would move there in an instant! You have captured her lovely features and without throngs of people! Belissimo!

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    1. Shireen, we were SO lucky! The weather was perfection and yet there were no crowds to speak of. Amazing. So glad you love it there too.

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  2. And how your joy comes through in these photographs!

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    1. I was one seriously happy girl there. Can I go back now? :)

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  3. This was such a beautiful gesture. Certainly your friends reveled in seeing your reaction--isn't that why one does such things? A place like Venice--so intimate, so exotic yet so familiar--especially without the hordes of summer, is such a perfect place to get perspective. But some places, like some brilliant people, are best appreciated in small portions and would be insupportable on a 24/7 basis. Savor the time you had time there, which was free of the quotidien hassles of residents, and go back often, if you can, to enjoy the best of both worlds.
    Everywhere is wonderful yet no place is perfect, which is why it's good to keep moving around.

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    1. Very well stated - and I would expect no less from you! And yes, my friend was really looking forward to the "eyes popping out of my head" moment - and I did not disappoint her!

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  4. "Faith, hope and love", It's all there, Heather. Your friends give such good advice too.

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  5. You always manage capture me with your words and images heather. Our planned trip to Venice was cancelled when my husband became ill in Switzerland a few years ago - we have yet to discover this enchanting, town of living history. Bisons

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    1. Friend, it is something that I hope that you will both be able to do together under the BEST of circumstances in the future. Sending all good wishes for your Husband's health.

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  6. Such beautiful images...I can understand why you loved it so much.
    Your Mother is right about needing something to look forward to...

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    1. She is frankly right about most everything. Which would be annoying save that she is such a lovely person!
      Thank you for the compliment...

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  7. Having something to look forward to is what propels me some days. Maybe hope is just another way of saying the same thing. The images are fabulous. It really does not seem to matter what the weather is like. Venice just is.
    Ali

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    1. You are so right, Ali, on all counts...et merci.

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  8. I still remember and dream about my stay in Venice for a week during September 1982!
    I hope with all my heart for you to go there and I am waiting for your lovely pictures. I am sure you'll catch the spirit of the city differently now!
    P.S. Look again the films "Death in Venice and "Don't look now"!

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    1. Yes, I definitely need to see those again in preparation for my next trip. And I still have many, many, many pictures to share from this one!
      xoxox

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  9. I was waiting for this, for seeing Venice again. It's a city I adore. Away from the crowds, along the silent canals of Dorsoduro and San Polo, I could almost imagine myself in a place suspended in time. I loved it, maybe even more than my beloved Rome.

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    1. Yes! We stayed in the Dorsoduro and I have a hard time imagining staying elsewhere because I loved it SO much. It makes so much sense to me that you love it there too, Loree. :)

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  10. The photos alone are a breath of beauty for me. So, I can only imagine how wonderful it was/is for you.

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    1. It just...made my heart soar, Julie. I am thrilled to have sprinkled even a tiny bit of that magic dust your way.

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  11. Lovely pictures, beautiful city! I'm so glad that you received this gift and happy that it did not disappoint! I, myself, have slid under the line of late - maybe I need something to look forward to? But there is beauty all around me - you point this out to us in your posts. I will try to shift my focus to these simple things of beauty, and maybe be a little hopefully grateful.

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    1. I am sending you so much Love and Strength, Sister. Always. You have much beauty around you, and certainly within you too.

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  12. Exquisite photos, Heather. May you always have something to look forward to.

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    1. Thank you so much Lorrie. That moved me very much.

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  13. Mrs. Abstract & I have not been to Venice. Thank you for the wonderful photos.

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    1. Edgar, I have to say that it is one of the great destinations. Something for you to consider, perhaps?

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  14. Absolutely exquisite photographs, Heather. And so glad to hear that dreams are taking root again. xo

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    1. Thank you so much. This was a first one. It is a long thaw to waking up.

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  15. Why oh why am I picturing you with a huge smile ... as you float around Venice ... in one of those cute rubber duckie inner tubes ... camera in hand.
    Yep, I'm smilin' for ya!

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    1. You have no idea how close I came to doing just that...but I will write about it soon (hopefully), Mr. Facker. :)

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  16. Beautiful photographs, Heather. I especially liked #5 & 10 of the gondolas. Such bold interior color, and
    the serenity of them docked at sunset!
    Very happy for you in your new adventure, wherever it may lead!
    xo,
    Laura in Santa Fe

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  17. Hi Heather. I was thinking you could move to Venice and continue the blog as "Lost in Venice"
    Love always, Bernadette

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  18. “There is something so different in, Venice from any other place in, the world, that you leave at, once all accustomed habits and, everyday sights to enter an, enchanted garden.” Mary Shelley ~ Heather, I read this quote before I spend a week in Venice. I hoped you would find it an enchanted garden too. Your happiness is a joy ... and, of course, your photos show it. Avanti :-)

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  19. Oh my heart soars with your gorgeous photos, as my mind takes me back to Venice. We always said, one can never go wrong with a city that has a river running through it - and Venice has that in spades. I must find my memory card and take another trip along memory lane. I would love to go back, but, it might just be a bit painful. Loss sure puts a spin on some things. But, I also know it's beauty would overtake me and I'd be in love all over again!

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