Venice has 'captured' the heart, mind and imagination of so many writers, poets, artists and historians. Venice is one of my favourite subjects in art, literature and history, and I am always eager to learn more and look more at this unique and special place. This Venice blog is my way of collecting the wealth of images, poems, prose and impressions of Venice.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

A working city, just like any other

When you stand on the summit of the Accademia bridge, taking in that iconic view down the Grand Canal towards the Basilica della Salute and the Dogana del Mar, it's easy to forget that you're not simply standing in a beautiful tableaux, but standing in a working city.

Look down below: those people on the vaporetti...some of them might actually be locals, simply trying to do their daily shopping, collect their children or get to work, despite the thronging of tourists and day-trippers all around them.  Look at those little vessels racing underneath you...perhaps there is a police boat, or a fire boat, on its way to an emergency.

And look at this boat, prosaically ferrying television sets and wicker chairs under the watchful eager gaze of this tourist.

View from the Accademia bridge capturingvenice.blogspot.com
Moving goods on the Grand Canal

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