Venice: Tarnished Gold

….Venice is like an abandoned theatre. The play is finished, but the echoes remain – Arbit Blatas

The Last Window”  – A summer view from the Doge’s palace (on the way to the dungeon).

Venice is a rather melancholy shadow of it’s former past. A few months ago, I was lucky enough to sneak the city a visit, and one thing in particular struck me –  the lack of Venetians left in the city.

Despite this, Venice should assume a position on everyones do-to list:  there is nothing like standing in the middle of Palazzo Foscarini, gorging on gelato, checking out the Gondoliers in their nautical stripes and thinking, somewhere nearby Vivaldi wrote the Four Seasons. Amazing. But watch out for the pigeons.

If you do decide to pay Venice a visit, dispense with requirement for maps. There are signs to all the main attractions but I suggest you follow your eyes down all  alleyways, bridges and tunnels – I was lucky to stumble on this authentic gem:

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