Friday, April 29, 2011


So I am now waiting. At a bus station. Only thing is that the bus station is on water and is swaying gently. The water bus should here soon to take us to the railway station. And off from Venice we shall be.

My thoughts on Venice? Well it is the most unique city I have ever set my eyes on. There is some thing so magical about this place that I have been swept off my feet. The last this happened was with the taj mahal.

So picture broad narrow roads. On either side are houses/ palaces from the 15-16th century. Most houses have a car park and a car. Now replace the road with the gently swelling blue green waters of the canal, the cars with beautiful gandolas or boats and the car parks with boat parks. Add quaint bridges every where. Add tinybeautiful restaurants with green canopies and a multitude of flowers. Add gorgeously dressed women. Add men with long hair. Add dogs better turned out than the women. Add those gorgeous colourful Venetian masks. Add charm, grace and immense beauty. And voila! You have Venice.

It's a flowing, swelling, ebbing city.

And yes we did take the gondola ride. We were taken through the narrow lanes of water in a beautiful black gondola as the sun set. Our gondolier, Alex, told us bits about the city and layer as the chatter died down broke into an Italian ballad. I don't know what it meant, he was not even singing too well but it just added to the atmosphere.

We had taken the water bus passes and hence explored the grand canal well into the nights. And how beautiful the warm yellow glow of the lights looked reflected in the waters of the canal.

The only sour bit about the city were some of the locals who were quite rude but then well maybe coming from London India where people are generally very polite, we probably had high standards when it came to the spoken word.:p

To all the people who have asked for pics , they will come once I am back in London.:)

Now off to Florence and then home to London. Bye bye magical Venice, you are beautiful.


akanksha said...

I kept on picturing everything while reading the post. You're described Venice very beautifully. :-)
Can't wait for the pic though.

Keep posting!

Sucheta said...

Really nice travel posts you have here :-)

I'm going to Europe in July. Netherlands, basically. Work. 4 days. Need some help with travel destinations nearby, other than Paris. Budget is a concern. I have 6-7 days. Any tips?

Bikramjit said...

ok waiting for you to come back to london and the pics offcourse ..

you having a great time :)


Jyoti said...

Hmm.. u are having a gala of atime there.. Looking forward to the pics! Venice has been in my to visit places list always!

cloud nine said...

wowwwwwwwww...seems u r thoroughly enjoying! Have fun!

Blasphemous Aesthete said...

Actually when you said that 'You set your eyes on Venice, you looked like a conqueror, but it seems Venice conquered you.
Its a great city I have heard, and you reaffirm my faith in that. :) Have a pleasant vacation.

Blasphemous Aesthete

Shubhika Taneja said...

Nice read

Preeti said...

Haila! You are living my dream vacation! Sigh! Have a blast, lady! Waiting for the pictures.

Shivanand PB said...

Waiting for the pics !! enjoy the trip :)

Tanishka said...

Loved the travel post... Can't wait to see the pics... :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! Sounds absolutely lovely. I loved Venice too :-) And yes, the locals did look like goondas :-( So get back safe and sound :-)