BLACK & WHITE Sunday: Postcards From Venezia

What adjective can I use to describe Venezia? It is almost indescribable.

If you happen to see scenes of Venezia in a movie, you will be forgiven for thinking it is just an elaborate movie set. If you come across images in a book or magazine, you may be of the belief poetic licence has obscured the reality.

But the reality is.. THIS IS VENEZIA. A place of dreams, fantasies and escapism. Clusters of shops, bridges, homes and basilicas, stand firm despite being built on a platform of water, ever rising and falling with the tides from the lagoon. Historical architecture, superbly sculptured by years of Byzantium influence, intermingle with layers of progress. Each new layer adding a unique flavour.

Venezia is also about the outer islands peppered across the infamous lagoon. Islands where colour is abundant in the form of crafty trinkets of hand blown glass, or houses painted in pastels hues. The beauty of the islands comes from the quietness found there after the chatter of the tourist traps. Each island abundant with alleyways and bridges, leading to a friendly cafe or charming restaurant. Yes… Venezia is a dream.

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Today I had hoped to bring you Basilica #3 in my Black & White Basilicas of Europe. This time it was to be ‘La Basilica di San Marco’. But alas, still no sign of my travel photos. I have looked high and low, but perhaps not in between. Tomorrow I will continue my search, but today I will leave you with these images I took during both my visits to this place of dreams. [1993 & 1996].

I know some of you may of seen these before, but there is one new addition. The Fisherman under the ‘Gondole’ sign. As luck would have it, when I had these images developed all those years ago, they laminated this one for free [handy when the original is missing]. Who knew years later I would be grateful for tacky calendar laminations.

Black + White Sunday

Thank you for joining me on this Black & White Sunday

Hosted by ‘Anne Marie of Na-Da Farm Life



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IMAGES SOURCE: All images by me


koralee said...

I adore your travel so amazing..I love black and white photos...Venezia is a dream...thanks again for a lovely post!

erin's art and gardens said...

ooohhhh.........yes...a dream, i could escape there, indeed!! absolutely beautiful!! love the graphic quality of that third shot and the ethereal background! you have been to some fantastic places, that i can only dream of. please show more, more, more! hope you find your photos. thanks for the tips on the spacing...i still can't figure it out......all the best, erin

Chemin des Muguets said...

Ah Venice! It has never looked more itself. Perfect for black and white Sunday.


P.S. Did you take any shots of the cemetery?

Mammabellarte Rita Reade said...

Che ricordi a Venezia! So many memories in Venice. My brother lived in Verona close to Venice for over 22 years so we got to visit Venice, I want to go back! Have you see Venice with snow? A couple of years ago we went in the winter time landed in Venezia, the kids were so happy "la neve a Venezia?" bellissimo. Ciao

Gretchen said...

Venice is so dreamy, thanks for showing these lovely photos that make me feel the nostalgia!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful post! I really enjoyed the pictures. Trully a dreamy place! I would absolutely love to visit it one day. Maybe when my life calms down a little bit :D. You are a great photographer.

Carole said...

I'm just going to have to live inside those pictures of Venice.....maybe work with the Gondola guy. I may have mentioned this but I was the only one on the tour that didn't get to visit because I caught the bug that was going around. Figures I'd miss one of the best cities in Europe.
Enjoy your week Miss Julie/Ruby!!!

Simply Mel {Reverie} said...

GORGEOUS photos! Oh how I adore Venezia! We spent our honeymoon there, and my heart still swoons when I just hear the word, "VENICE"!

Anne Marie said...

Ha! Talk about diversity!! you are posting BEAUTIFUL pictures of Venezia and I of my small town parade!!


thanks for joining in today....
have a great rest of the day

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Well, Julie...Venice is my favourite place (place being an awful word to describe it !!!) and I've been to a few places in my time !!!! Your photographs bring us all of the atmosphere and beauty of this amazing city.....and, I know exactly where the last one is...we walked passed it many times.Lovely, lovely Black and White Sonday. XXXX

simon said...


I had a black and white sunday-

I attempted to get my house bush fire ready for the season, and everytimer I cleaned up the wind blew it all back....that made me feel "black"

Then, our "pet" Diamond Python came out of Hybernation and "joined" me for a coffee and that made me "white"

( not as in scared!! as in happy!)

ahahahah! ;o)

Shaz said...

Just lovely photos. Thanks for persisting and leaving a comment on my blog - sorry you had trouble logging in. I have to say, I just love that little baby photo in your about me profile- I am presuming it is you. I just want to squeeze her beautiful little cheeks. said...

I love the" cluster of shops" idea. I need some retail therapy soon.

sarah said...

beautiful, sigh to be there now, me in one of those photos, that won't be happening for a while!

at least it's Spring, hoorah, I am itching to spring clean, such a beautiful day today, shame I can't get off the sofa - enjoy your week off, don't spend too much of it cleaning lol!


Kellie Collis said...

Such a beautiful place.... Loving the water ways and the historic feel. x

Julie B. [Holland] said...

Julie, Ive been to Italy and Sicily 5 times but Ive not had the chance to go get to Venice , your photos are beatuiful! I think my favorite area was Tuscany. Im rubbish with a camera so I really appericate these photos. Have you been other places than Venice? Thanks for sharing these with us... Julie in Holland :)

Made in Persbo...Carina said...

Hi there!
I´ve never been to Venezia, but I´ve been to Verona not so far from Venezia. Verona does´nt have all the canals but the buildings are very much alike the ones in Venezia. Pale pastell hues...all vintage and with a lot of soul.

Hope you have a wonderful week!
Hugs, Carina

Eye of the Beholder said...

I have never seen pix of Venice in black and white. It is such a colorful place, but looks so beautiful in your pictures.

Roberta said...

Such beautiful photos. I wish I could enlarge and study all the subtle details! Perfecto!
xo Roberta