Venice Italy

VENICE

Venice is a magical place and the most beautiful, romantic city on earth.  The city is built on 118 small islands and no automobiles are allowed.  Instead, all transport besides walking, is on the 150 canals (most about ten feet deep) between the islands.  There are waterborne taxis, buses, delivery boats, police, and ambulances; in addition to the many personal watercraft and the famous gondolas.  Venice is a treasure trove of art, architecture, palaces, churches and 409 bridges. 

VENETIAN CANAL TOWARD RIALTO BRIDGE IN 2005 (not '98—I don't know why that shows up on my film)
VENETIAN CANAL TOWARD RIALTO BRIDGE IN 2005 (not '98—I don't know why that shows up on my film)
IF YOU TRY IT ON YOU HAVE TO BUY IT
IF YOU TRY IT ON YOU HAVE TO BUY IT

GRAND CANAL

The huge Grand Canal (average depth 17') snakes through the center of the city and is the main thoroughfare. It is bridged at only three places.  Lining the sides of this enchanted canal are 170 gorgeous old buildings, with steps leading up into them right out of the water.  Venice is a marvel of engineering, but it is slowly sinking into the marsh.   The buildings are supported by wood pilings, more or less a city on stilts.   In many homes, the ground floor is not used for fear of rising waters.  There are 63,000 permanent residents.

NOW THAT'S A CANAL
NOW THAT'S A CANAL
GRAND CANAL
GRAND CANAL
JAMES ON THE BRIDGE
JAMES ON THE BRIDGE

HISTORY OF VENICE

Venice has a history shrouded in mystery. It was founded by people who fled the mainland under attack by the Lombards in the 6th Century. They escaped the slaughter by finding safety in the Venetian Lagoon. It became known as the City of St. Mark by the 9th Century, so named because it had become the repository for the bones (relics) of St. Mark the Evangelist in 828. St. Mark (John Mark) wrote the first Gospel of Jesus Christ, and is himself written about in the Acts of the Apostles as having traveled with the Apostle Paul on some of his church planting journeys.

LIFE ON THE WATERWAYS
LIFE ON THE WATERWAYS

THE MERCHANTS OF VENICE

The merchants of Venice, and its famously powerful navy, gradually made it into an autonomous state; and a powerhouse of trade in the Mediterranean.   Venice soon became one of the wealthiest nations in the world—and remained so for the next six centuries.  Venetian galleys dominated the trade between east and west; plying cargoes of silks, spices, silver, timber, corn, salt and slaves.

NO WATER HERE
NO WATER HERE

VENETIAN EMPIRE

At the pinnacle of its power, the year 1500, Venice had acquired extensive landholdings—including Cyprus, Crete and large swaths of the European mainland—that became known as the Venetian Empire. Venice was also the leading center of printing in Europe at this time—the paperback book was invented there also—because of its well known religious freedom.

WHERE THE PEOPLE LIVE
WHERE THE PEOPLE LIVE

THE REPUBLIC OF VENICE

Then began a long, slow decline in its fortunes; largely precipitated by Portuguese explorers who, in the Age of Discovery, found new trade routes, via the Atlantic Ocean, to rival Venice in supplying the goods for which Europe wanted to trade.  Napoleon conquered Venice in 1797, officially bringing its glorious history as a powerful nation to a close. 

CRUISING ON A SMALL CANAL
CRUISING ON A SMALL CANAL

DOGE'S PALACE

I have visited the Doge's Palace (a Doge is similar to a Duke and was the title of the elected leader of the city for over a thousand years) and the Bridge of Sighs, which connects to Palace to the old prisons. It was so named because it was a one-way trip across for the accused; and their last sight of the elegant city.

VIEW FROM THE PALACE
VIEW FROM THE PALACE

MURANO & BURANO

I recommend side trips to the nearby islands of Murano and Burano. Murano is world famous for 700 years of glass making and it is thrilling to watch these artisans at work. Burano gets you off the tourist trail to check out a fishing village known for its lace making and brightly painted structures.


ONE OF THE MANY ISLANDS OF VENICE
ONE OF THE MANY ISLANDS OF VENICE
ST. MARK'S SQUARE
ST. MARK'S SQUARE

ST. MARK'S SQUARE

During my visits to Venice, I have had the pleasure of sitting in the evening, under the stars, drinking wine, serenaded by music, in the center of life in the city: St. Mark's Square.   The Square is dominated by the 1000-year-old  St. Mark's Basilica (the word means royal, religious building) and the 99 meter tall Campanile (meaning a bell tower near a church). 

ST. MARK'S CAMPANILE
ST. MARK'S CAMPANILE
TRIPTYCH OF ST. MARK'S BASILICA (left side)
TRIPTYCH OF ST. MARK'S BASILICA (left side)
ST. MARK'S BYZANTINE ARCHITECTURE
ST. MARK'S BYZANTINE ARCHITECTURE
TRIPTYCH OF ST. MARK'S BASILICA (right side)
TRIPTYCH OF ST. MARK'S BASILICA (right side)

GONDOLA

The best part of a visit to Venice is simply walking around for hours on end through this mysterious maze of streets. And, of course, if you are not alone, take the Gondola ride and the pilot will sing to you: "O Sole Mio." ("My Sun" to you English speakers.)

Master Hubber, Amanda Severn, has a page of wonderful paintings of Venice.  I highly recommend you check it out.


MY GONDOLIER
MY GONDOLIER

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Vladimir Uhri 7 years ago from HubPages, FB

Beautiful city James. I visit Venice but it was long time ago. 

But I was not in trouble. :-).


thinking out loud 7 years ago

nice pics, Nice to see old churches for a change all ours here look like gymnasiums.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Thank you, Vladimir. ha ha ! I'm glad you stayed out of trouble during your visit.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

thinking out loud— Yes, those old cathedrals do look a bit more ornate and, well, sacred. I appreciate you for visiting.


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

You travel to the classiest places,James! Lovely hub, lovely American tourist!


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Gypsy Willow— Thank you Gypsy Willow! I do try to enjoy life while I have it and I have been truly blessed up til now. :D


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

Beautiful! I have never been to Venice and I'd like to be able to see it personally one of these days. Your photos and narrative do give me a glimpse of what to expect. You really get around a lot. Thank you for sharing.


Douglas 7 years ago

Thanks for the history and the memories, James. I was there about a year ago and truly enjoyed my visit.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

jill of alltrades— This is the first Hub where I used my own photos because I'm still a 35mm guy and I wasn't sure if they would scan well.  But I'm pleasantly surprised: I think they look pretty good.  Maybe I'll replace some photos in my older Hubs with my own, too, so they are more of "original content."  :D

Thanks you reading and commenting so kindly.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Douglas— You are Welcome. And thank you!


Arch Dynamics 7 years ago

Another of your many delightful posts, King James ...

Thinking Out Loud's comment was all-too-correct. Having designed many churches (as well as all of the new improvements for Orlando's Holy Land Experience, recently acquired by Trinity Broadcasting), we've seen exactly that trend.

Church owners today are mostly concerned with fitting the largest congregation possible into the least-expensively-built space. Monetarily, this simply makes sense, but certainly at the cost of a more traditionally designed building (in the classical sense).

Your typical church today will be concrete masonry walls to 8' and metal building above that ... never elegant and at most, pleasantly inoffensive. On the other hand, it does give the biggest bang for the parishioner's buck in the context of square feet for the dollar.

An exception to this would be some of the newer churches being built by the Catholic Diocese, which still make an effort to retain looks of earlier centuries.

Just my 2¢ worth - please keep up the great and informative work!


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Kushal Poddar 7 years ago from Kolkata,India

The place seems like an endless dream


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msorensson 7 years ago

Lovely, thank you for sharing. Now we all have to go there!

Melinda M. Sorensson


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Thank you and you are welcome.  I wish everyone could go there.  It is magical, to be sure. I consider it a real blessing that I was able to visit a few times. I may not get the chance again.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Kushal Poddar— It is a dream. Perfect for a poet such as you!


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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Thanks for the trip to Venice James. A place I will visit one day. It looks so romantic.


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R Burow 7 years ago from Florida, United States

Venice is beautiful ! Thanks !


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cjcarter 7 years ago

Beautiful pictures! I was lucky enough to go there for a summer course at my university, and you pictures brought back fond memories!


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

ethel smith— You are welcome.  It is romantic; and mysterious, too.  I appreciate you for viewing my Hub. 


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

R Burow— The most beautiful place I have ever been. You are Welcome! Thank you for your comment.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

cjcarter— Thanks! I am glad it brought back good memories. Thank you for taking the time to read my Hub.


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BrianS 7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

Nice hub and one of the places on my must visit list, even more so now.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Brian S— Thank you for visiting and leaving your comment. And by all means, do go.


Ned Kelly 7 years ago

Pity it's sinking!!!


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Ned Kelly— Tis a shame. There are engineers working on the problem. Thanks for reading!


KStyle 7 years ago

Outstanding photos James! To visit Venice has long been on my wish list. The gondolas have always intrigued me as do the horse drawn carriages in Central Park.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Thank you and welcome!  It is a dream to be there.  It hardly seems real when you are there. 

The horse drawn carriages are fun.  Maybe I should do a Hub about New York?  I have been a frequent visitor. 


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lefseriver 7 years ago from Northern Minnesota

Great hub with interesting historical stuff and great photos. Thanks.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

lefseriver— Nice to have you visit again. Thank you!


newsworthy 7 years ago

In Venice Italy, the Byzantine architecture is as stunning as a Byzantine painting. Thanks for the tour.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

newsworthy— You are welcome and thank you for stopping in. It is stunning, isn't it?


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kbristow01 7 years ago from London

Ahh I am now regretting my choice of holiday destination this year!! Beautiful pictures and lovely descriptions - hope I get to go myself! Thankyou for the post!! :)


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

kbristow01— Welcome to Hub Pages!  I appreciate the compliment and you are welcome.  Thanks for visiting!  I look forward to reading your Hubs.


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JessicaR1211 7 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

Awesome place, although I remembered "st. mark's square" as "San Marco Square?" Or is that the same thing... (I do not speak Italian.)


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

JessicaR1211— So, you've been there? Ah, one of the lucky ones. Both names are the same, yes. San means Saint and Marco means Mark—or vice versa. Thank you for visiting my Hub and leaving your comment.


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jvhirniak 7 years ago

James: another great page of yours (I read and commented recently on your union page site). Well organized with good history. I was in venice many moons ago - I'm sure it's changed (rising water). :)

Joseph


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

jvhirniak— Thank you very much. I appreciate your comments and the visit. I am glad you have been there. That is a blessing in itself.


Iðunn 7 years ago

what a lovely hub. great photos.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Iðunn — Thank you for saying so!


Iðunn 7 years ago

I don't think I"ll ever get to travel, but I've always wanted to. Beautiful hubs like this are a total delight to me.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Iðunn NO?  My traveling days might be in the past.  I am very pleased to bring joy to others.  Thank you.


Asif 7 years ago

Venice is nice city in Italy


asihussa 7 years ago

Really i like very much of the city


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Asif— Yes it is. I have traveled around Italy a fair amount. Maybe I will write about it more in the future. Italy is my favorite place to travel. Thanks for visiting.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

asihussa— Thank you for saying so.


Pierre 7 years ago

Wow - some really awesome pics! Thanks for sharing and for the interesting Hub. Perhaps you might care to also contribute to the travel community at trivago?

Regards from Cape Town, Pierre


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Pierre— Thank you and you are welcome! I will take a look at your site. I am flattered by the offer.


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Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

Hi James, I stayed in a Youth Hostel in Venice when I was nineteen, and busy inter-railing my way round Europe. I don't think I appreciated it as much then as I would now. I have visited since, but only twice, on day trips from other places. This is a great hub, as it reminds me of why I should go again, and next time I will definitely spend more time exploring.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Amanda Severn— Thank you for swinging by and leaving word.  I love it there.  But I think it would take a month to really "get it."  During the old days, I am told it was much dirtier and stinkier than it is today.  So, maybe it is nicer now than in the "Youth Hostel Days."  Nice to see you.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean

I adored Venice. Your hub brought back some sweet, sweet memories. Thank you.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Randy Behavior— Thank you. I am so glad it did. And you are welcome.


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Inese 7 years ago from Rome, Italy

Very nice and informative hub. I was in Venice in February. It was dark and snowing. I got very sad looking at the houses becoming destroyed piano piano - slowly by slowly. In the wet and cold everenings taking vaporetto in Grand canal I felt like I am visiting gost city.

Summer is a diffrent story. Italy is lovely in summer.


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Thanks for your wonderful hub about Venice. On my list of sites to someday visit. Your photos are excellent. Thanks!


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Inese— Thank you! I did not know that it snows in Venice! I do appreciate you for taking the time to visit and leave new information about this grand and unusual place in the world.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Peggy W— Thank you for the complimentary comment and the Fan Mail, too. I hope you do go, before it sinks! JK :-)


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christine almaraz 7 years ago from colorado springs

It's the one place I want to visit before I die. I wouldn't mind if I died there as a matter of fact:)


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

christine almaraz— Lucille Ball!  That is one funny lady!  Thank you for visiting and leaving your comment.  There is no place I would rather revisit than Venice.  It is mysteriously magical.


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Chris Eddy111 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

The buildings are amazing. Sinking eh? I heard that a long time ago. Great pics!


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Chris Eddy111— Thank you! The architecture is great. It would be nice to spend a couple of months there. But even a few days makes for a very memorable experience.


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jajeisan5892 7 years ago from Los Angeles

nice hub with very personal touch!


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

jajeisan5892— I surely do appreciate you saying so!


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einron 7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

James A Watkins,

At last I get to say my piece.  Your hub brought back memories of past ages tor me.  I visited Venice when I studied in London and went on a grand tour of Italy during the holidays.  Venice was one of the places I visited besides Rome, Florence, Naples, Pisa and Milan.  I was in Rome three times, Pisa and Florence twice but Venice only once.  I also visited the island of Murano and witnessed the glass blowers making objects of glass.  It was fascinating.

At the time I felt it was the most beautiful city in the world, especially at night and I was sad because none of my family was there and I thank God for the lovely pleasure of visiting beautiful places. 

The first cruise was to Japan during cherry blossom time and I did say that I was happy to die after my trip to Japan.  It was my childhood dream.  I was young and foolish.  After my trip to Venice, I did not think of dying any more.  I just enjoyed the sights and sounds of the places I visited and thank God that He gave me what I loved most, travel.  Thank God.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

einron— It is nice to have you visit! I appreciate your thoughtful, insightful commentary.

There is not much I enjoy more than to travel and the Lord has blessed me to see many places, for reasons only He knows.

I would really like a chance to visit Japan. I have a huge coffee table book of photographs of Japan, and it is quite enjoyable itself. Maybe some day.


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Drake's Compass 7 years ago from Denver, Colorado

Hi James - I have a gift for you..some background music for one of the most enchanting and historic cities on Earth - Venezia! It's the Venice Baroque Orchestra's rendition of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" ("Spring" movement).

Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSw7CcAXPWk&fea...


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Drake's Compass— Ah! Vivaldi!  I have that music on CD.  Still, it was a pleasure to kick back, close my eyes and take it in.  How refreshing!  Thanks a lot for that gift. After the Cubs lost 2-0 it took me away to a beautiful place and . . . I put my rope back in the closet. :D


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Drake's Compass 7 years ago from Denver, Colorado

Glad it kept you out of that kind of trouble, James!


rkmertz 7 years ago

I have always dreamed of visiting Venice since I was a child. You describe it more beautiful than I imagined. I can't wait to turn my dream into a reality and actually visit there!


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

rkmertz— And you must! It is pure magic.

Thank you for visiting my Hub tonight. I very much appreciate it!


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ContessaP 7 years ago

James- Excellent overview of a magical city. I have been to Venice nine times and every day I long to return. While the city has been sinking for hundreds of years, we now have the technology to assist her. The Moses project has created a sea barrier and floodgates to reduce the effects of Aqua Alta (the seasonal high tides) in the lagoon. I pray that it works.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

ContessaP— I pray that it works as well. Nine times!? You do enjoy magical places! I should imagine a "Contessa" would we a world traveler. :)

I have only been twice.

Thank you for visiting and for your fine comments.

Welcome to the Hub Pages Community.


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Gennifer 7 years ago from Minsk, Belarus

Excellent hub! I got a lot of pleasure reading it. Once I've been to Venice when I was 10, but you know... I was too little to enjoy being there and I dream to visit this magic city once more.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Gennifer— Thank you! I would think it would purely magical for a child. I hope you do go again. There is no place on Earth like Venice. Thank you for your comments and Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!

Belarus? That is interesting. I hope to learn more about Belarus from you. I wrote a Hub recently called "Russia History" that you might enjoy.


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Gennifer 7 years ago from Minsk, Belarus

I devoted one hub to the magic nature of my native country and placed some photos (Discovery of this summer - amazing things are next to us)


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago Author

Gennifer— Wonderful! I'll go take a look. Thanks for telling me about it.


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AdeleCosgroveBray 6 years ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England.

Wonderful photos - many thanks for sharing them. Venice is at the top of my places-to-visit list.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

AdeleCosgroveBray— Thank you and you are welcome. Venice is the most unusual place I have ever been. Highly recommended.


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Taylor Finch 6 years ago from United Kingdom

My dream is to visit Venice. What a lovely hub.

-Taylor-


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Taylor Finch— It is a magical dream. Thank you for your kind compliment. I hope you do go, Taylor.

James


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

The most beautiful city of the world, well, I'm born in Veneto county so probably this is not a balanced point of view. Another very very good hub James. I'm glad you liked Venice. :)


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

hypnodude--- I agree that Venice is the most beautiful--surely the most alluring and unusually magical--city in the world. I love Venice! It is a pleasure to meet a native. Thank you for your approval.


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2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

A lovely Hub - it is good to see original photographs. We both love Venice and wish we could visit again. Sadly, it is quite expensive.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

2patricias--- I am glad I could be there to take those photos. It was pure joy. But as you say, quite expensive. I have been twice and might not go again. But I have the memories. :)


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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

I use to live outside of Venice and seeing your pictures made me miss it so. I used to love shopping there at Christmas time. Not as many tourist. Thank you for reminding me of my past.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

BJBenson— Wow! You are lucky. I would surely love to live in Venice, even for a season. You are welcome and thank you for your interesting comments. Welcome to HubPages!


zoewriter 6 years ago from Italy

Love your hubpage. Venice is a favorite city of mine to visit. I like it best in May, which is this month. Thanks for sharing your experiences of Venice. Great photos too!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

zoewriter— You're welcome! Thank you for your fine compliments. I'm glad you enjoyed my Hub. I believe it was in May both times I have been to Venice. Welcome to HubPages!


Just A Voice 5 years ago

Ah Venice...such a beautiful, magical place. It's like stepping back in time. It was one of my favorite places in Italy.

The trick to enjoying Venice is to see all the tourist attractions and then get off the beaten path and start exploring. We would take a water taxi to some site and then walk our way back to our hotel. We found some amazing cafes, shops that sold art and hand made masks...I swear Venice must be the origins for Mardi Gras...shops that sold everything from old door frames and crown molding to the beautiful Murano glass art.

The best thing to do while in Venice is to just get lost. You will find the most amazing things that way. Because most of the island is connected by bridges you can walk it if you want to explore. It is the last of old Europe that can be found if you get lost in it's maze and look for it.

Thanks for the pictures and the trip down memory lane :)


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago Author

Just A Voice— Yes indeed! I agree with you wholeheartedly. The last time I was there I was with a tour group on a Mediterranean cruise (fabulous!) and Venice was our final stop, our departure point (started in Barcelona). Anyway, got to the airport and they asked if anyone would give up their seat. We did, and got three more days in Venice with free lodging. This ended up being the best part of the whole thing because we had no tour guide or itinerary, just free time to roam around, and as you say, it is fabulous!

Thank you for your spectacular insights. And you are most welcome.


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stargazer 01 5 years ago

I would agree with you Venice worth a visit I have been there twice my mum and dad were with me we did once a group and second time three of us went back on our own just we could spend more time there.I was lucky to see a bride and groom and the d/father.we were lucky with the weather both times and yes it was fabulous !


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago Author

stargazer 01— Thank you very much for reading my Hub. I appreciate your comments as well. I have been to Venice twice too. It sounds as if you had a great time there, as did I. Good of you to visit.


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stargazer 01 5 years ago

That is no problem James and thankyou for your kind words :)I am a follower of Melin fraser I do my best to spread the word about his books I have read all three and they are good.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago Author

stargazer 01— I have not read any of his books, but from his work on HubPages I can tell you he is an excellent writer. Thank you for visiting and commenting.


agraj.us 5 years ago from CA, US

awesome photos, i lost my camera in italy and not willing to buy new one.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago Author

agraj.us— Thank you!! Thank you very much! :D Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!


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cressinia 4 years ago

Have just returned from Venice, and most of the major sights on St Marks are substantially shrouded in scaffolding - a photographer's nightmare!


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

cressinia— That is a nightmare for a photographer. I am sorry to hear it. Thank you for the remarks. I appreciate this visitation from you.

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