With only a couple of days left in this month, I thought I’d share a few photos with you from my time in Venice, Italy.
Venice is a confusing place, especially if you’re walking around because there are so many waterways and canals. I didn’t do too much venturing around the city because a) I was jet lagged and b) I was lost most of the time.
When I travel, I like to pick up items that are reminiscent of the culture of the people or the traditions of the city. For Venice, I picked up a couple of intricately woven metal masks (shaped into lace patterns). They are two of my favorite things in my home because they are so delicate and beautiful. The woman I bought them from, I told her I’d be back in 10 days to buy them. She didn’t believe me.
I told her, I couldn’t carry around something so delicate all over Italy for two weeks. It was best I picked it up on the way home.
Ten days later, I walked back into her shop and picked up not one, but two masks. Yes, she was shocked I came back! The one I wanted was already sold, but I did find a similar one and then a smaller, more intricate one. It arrived home safely.
One of my favorite places in Venice is the market. I spent a lot of time there because they had unusual fruits and vegetables. I stopped each time to ask what the strange looking fruits/vegetables were. A lot of the stall owners were happy enough to let me try the different items. I bought fresh fruit for my journey and an extremely large packet of sun dried tomatoes.
I also found a man that sold pastas and oils during my trek in Venice. I bought so many ingredients from him in tins and glass that were all so beautiful. The contents may be gone, but the beautiful containers they came in align my kitchen shelves.
Venice is one of those places I’d like to go back to and photograph at various times of the year, exploring the different pathways throughout this water city.