VINTAGE Venezia: Faded Beauty


Venice Week: The Final Chapter




Not many memories stay with you as fresh as the moment they occur. My first sighting of Venezia however, stays with me now! The anticipation was was filled with ideas of grandeur, thoughts of regal architecture steeped in byzantine history with a generous touch of fantasy. A land of bejewelled castles floating on a crystallized sea. Well that is what I had dreamt and hoped she would be and Venezia did not let me down.






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Bella Venezia, clothed in her full bloomed domes, sequins & diamantes glistening against her gracefully aged fabric, crowned with her turrets and spikes. The sea below attempting to reflect her ethereal beauty, broken by the feathery white foam of the vaporetto speeding to greet her. This is a moment when time stands still. The moment when hopes and expectation are surpassed. I am grateful this moment has remained in my memory. Exact details perhaps a little faded like these images I have created below.







Of course this elegant moment was then brought down a peg or two by my excited jumping and clapping like a child finding the Xmas tree laden with gifts. Now that was not a pretty moment, but my glee could not be contained and I didn’t care who could see it. Every wish I had for Venezia had been realized. La Vita e Bella!!







I hesitated to visit her second time. Fearful her glory would be faded and the memory tainted by some new reality. But like a loyal friend, she did not let me down a second time. A second time I was overwhelmed by her beauty and mystery, and thankful she would share these gifts. From the pinks of her sunrise, to the amber glow and dusty greys of her sundown.







So here she is presented in her various poses [the remaining segments of Tuesday’s photo!] Enjoy!













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There you have it… I’m Hooked on Venezia! See other ‘Hooked On’ posts at Julia’s Hooked On Houses







Ciao Julie













Thanks for stopping by this week and joining me on my Venetian Adventure. Ethel and I are both thankful for all your kind comments and support during our Dust Storm.. It seems crazy even saying that phrase.. it is Sydney after all and not the outback, but this week the distinction was blurred. Although by no means a disaster it was a rather frustrating and exhausting week and, believe it or not we had another one this morning, not as severe, nor as red! Thankfully I continued my theme of ‘Procrastination’, so will only need to clean up once!













IMAGES: ALL photos and artwork by me [being Ruby]. This new ‘altered’ style was inspired by the gritty dirty dust storm and the colours of gelati!







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34 comments:

Jacqueline said...

What beautiful images you have conjured up, with your magic camera and your just as magic fingers, of Venice.
I can remember my first sight of Venice. We had come in by train from Florence, so did not get even a glimpse of it until I walked down the station steps and ...BEHOLD...there it was, in all it's glory...everything that you had read about or seen in photographs was spread out, there, in front of me....magnificent.
Lots of people come in on the boat and see it first that way which is beautiful and are lulled into it's arms gradually, but I will never forget my first glimpse of the beautiful Venice.

Jane said...

I share this love of this amazing beautiful place. We rented an apartment in Venice for 2 weeks in 2001 and it was one of the best times of my life. It gets under your skin. And you just have to spend more than a day there which seems to be what most tourists do.

Anne Marie said...

hey Julie.......thanks again for your concern......

I take it you were on a boat as well? there in Venezia? did you pull up and eat a wonderful meal? do they still do that?

i'm full of questions this morning no? :)

count it all joy said...

Julie, your artwork is exquisite. I just love it here. It's late and my brain's not really organising my words properly, but basically what I wanted to say is, "You Rock!". I feel like I'm opening up a precious artbook each time I visit. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful view of the world. Meredith xo.
p.s. still cleaning up dust here also. Driving me quite batty.

koralee said...

Lovely images today my friend...how do you do that?...they are stunningly beautiful..what talent you have! Glad to hear things are getting better over in Sydney! xoxoxo

BellaRustica said...

As always, visually stunning. Bella, bella, bella...

Tamerie Shriver said...

I really must put Venice on my list of places I want to visit! I've missed seeing your lovely pictures and posts.

Brabourne Farm said...

Julie, your photos of Venice are absolutely beautiful - the muted colours are just divine. Leigh

Shelley Trbuhovich said...

i find venice the most romantic italian city of all...all those tiny streets, you never know what awaits around each corner. it's an extraordinary place and extraordinary to think that it may not be here in the future. x

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

How lucky are we that you have some of your pictures of this experience that we may share them with you. Your words are just as beautiful Julie.
So sorry to hear you had another dust storm. You must be getting really good at the clean up by now! lol...but I'm sure your not laughing!

Carole

Pearl Maple said...

Your images of Venice paint a beautiful theme, almost like a mini holiday visiting your blog space.

Torie Jayne said...

Such wonderful pics of Venice, I went there for my 30th, thanks for bringing back such wonderful memories, Hope your having a sweet weekend! x

Turquoise Diaries said...

I am sorry for the dust storm but on the other hand it gave you the idea for these great pictures..I love them

JBeaudetStudios said...

Julie your artwork is so beautiful! They look like antique paintings! And your writing is so beautiful too. (I can't think of words to describe it) This is a place I would love to visit someday, for sure! This and Santorini;) I am so glad to hear you are ok after that terrible dust storm! Last summer we had fires and the smoke filled the air for a month. I don't know if it's the same but it was awful! Be safe!

vicki archer said...

I have loved your Venice series and those last few photographs are just fabulous. I hope you are enjoying the weekend, xv.

The Stylish House said...

Julie,
Venice is such a magical place and your photos have a dreamy qualtiy! I love its old world shabby elegance.
Cathy

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

What a beautiful post! These images are all stunning. I love the Old World look to them that transport us into an earlier time.

Marina said...

Julie, these images are just stunning!
I just love your work. Thanks for your sweet and funny comment.
xx

Luiza said...

Thank You, for letting me be a part of Your world, and Venice.
You are one true artist, and I love Your photos.

Thank You for visiting me! I´m glad You do!

Have a wonderful start of the new week.
Love/
Luiza

bikim said...

Just found your blog - lovely. great photos on venice and how sweet way of describing your adventure. have a great week,
Rosa

Millie said...

Bravo to you Julie - you have absolutely excelled yourself with these images!! I just want to book a ticket RIGHT NOW!
Millie ^_^

Dumbwit Tellher said...

You are a wizard with your camera & with your words Julie. I can so appreciate what you meant about your hesitation that seeing Venice again would effect or spoil your first experience(s). I have been only once but the memory does not fade. I hold out great hope of traveling there again. Your photos are absolutely incredible. Images that only dreams are made of. Glad you are doing okay post dust storm!! Have a terrific Monday Julie ~ X deb

Beach Vintage said...

No, places like that will never let you down no matter how many times you visit I think.

Renee Finberg said...

you pics are fabulous. i loved venice. i loved everything about venice. it was pure magic.
the lighting is awesome.
all the warm oranges,pinks,and golds were breathtaking.

xx

Someone's Mom said...

Oh my, you have done it again. You take us on a journey with you. The photos are stunning, thank you.

Sue

Maya said...

I love the faded look..., it's so quiet. And I can only imagine..., all the clean-up from the sand, everywhere.

Kellie Collis said...

I washed Lily and she is orange again. I am cleaning my house for the 3rd time... It is still not clean from that crazy dust! x

Oliveaux said...

Loved your images Julie! Beautiful inspiration from the dust storm - yes I am still to complete my clean up as well. Ax

Courtney said...

Oh so dreamy images! I am just dying to see Venice myself sometime.

viera said...

It is so easy to be hooked on Venezia.
Great photos.
X
V

Mélanie said...

Venizia is one of the most beautiful place in the world and you caught every details of its beauty

Porchlight Interiors said...

These images are just gorgeous Julie - love the dust storm effect! I spent most of yesterday cleaning up dust - what fun! Tracey xx

Tracey said...

Hey sweetie, it has been a crazy week and I have missed your lovely blog! Hope you are enjoying the week! Your images are breathtaking as always!!

:) T

Lee said...

Oh Julie, your beautiful photographs have me hooked on Venice too! And hey, I like your new dust storm inspired 'altered' style - I knew something good had to come out of that storm!! Lee :)