Skywatch Friday – Grand Canal, Venice

More Skywatch here.

And it’s the Grand Canal in Venice.  We debated about spending 100 Euros on a gondola cruise (we refused the previous time we were in Venice) but we did it and it was WONDERFUL.  Our hotel was situated just near the main gondola basin behind San Marco, and we could look out of the window and watch the activity below.  How could we NOT have a gondola ride?

I love how the buildings play a secondary role to the water and sky, even if they are grand palazzi.  It emphasises to me how transient and ephemeral La Serenissima in all her faded and sinking glory actually is.

Grand Canal - Venice

Grand Canal - Venice

2 Cor 3:11

For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious.

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13 Responses to “Skywatch Friday – Grand Canal, Venice”

  1. JennWasHere Says:

    Very great shot. Were you riding a gondola when this was taken?

    My SWF pictures are posted in these blogs:
    Jenn Was Here and Shutter Happy Moments. Hope you can hop by if you have the time. Happy weekends to you!

  2. People with Cameras Says:

    wow…that is a wonderful photo. I’ve always wanted to visit there!

  3. Debbie Says:

    “A picture is worth 1000 words” or 100 Euros as the case may be.
    Just beautiful.

  4. Kelly Says:

    This is a gorgeous photo of venice! I love Venice and this is a great picture that captures the lovely magic of the beautiful sky and water reflections! Well done!!!

  5. mary Says:

    wow, that is wonderful!

  6. babooshka Says:

    That’s a very striking image.

  7. Christine Says:

    wow Venice! my son will be traveling there next year. I know he will love it! Thanks for sharing

  8. wjcsydney Says:

    Yeah, Jenn, this was taken on our 100 euro (just under 1 hour) gondola ride. Most of the ride was on the back canals but we had a bit on the Grand Canal. Much more choppy out there!

  9. Minkydo Says:

    Awesome photo! I love the colors in the sky. Thanks for sharing the story behind the photo.

  10. arija Says:

    Ah sweet, sweet memories. Doing the venetian twostep around all the doggie doos, dogs in San Marco, wonderful paintings in old out of the way churches and gelati!
    Great turneresque photo, yes nature beats man made every time!

  11. Merisi Says:

    Magnificent shot!

    I have been to Venice several times of the last year or so, but never taken a gondola ride.

    During my last visit I started taking the gondolas that ferry you from near Ca’ D’Oro over to the Rialto Market, for 50 Euro cents each crossing. Worth every cent, each and every time.

  12. pottedfrog Says:

    Beautiful. Venice is one of our travel goals. This just fuels the fire.

  13. Leora Says:

    Now, there is one city I would love to visit! Some day, I hope. I’ll enjoy your Sky Watch for now.

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