Monday, February 28, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Almost as interesting is the fact that the trachyte and Istrian stone pavement of the Piazza was laid in 1722 [almost an hour after the shoes were ready ] by Andrea Tirali, which means that the '1625' is an anachronism. I bet Andrea was tired when he finished! I wonder how long it took him.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
From some of the comments on yesterday's photo, I can see that some readers think that my photos are being taken, like Pierre's, on a more or less daily basis more or less now. But this is not the case. I live in England, and I was last in Venice in October 2010. So none of my photos was taken recently, and, so far, none of those that I have posted was taken anywhere near the appropriate date. I did explain all this when I took over. Yesterday's photo was taken on 30th September 2010, and today's was taken on 30 April 2008.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
[The title refers to the advertisement, mainly.]
Monday, February 21, 2011
This is the same street as the previous post, but looking in the opposite direction, and the first two were taken from a different position. The nizioletto on the right in the first photo should make it easy to find, though there are at least two sotoporteghi with the same name.
The first photo was taken about one o'clock, the second about three minutes later - these were my 'banker' shots, just in case I found I couldn't get a shot with no people in view. The third shot was taken about an hour later, from the same spot as the previous post. I was a bit peeved to find that there were people on the bridge in the distance when I looked at the photo later in detail.
I probably need therapy, but I just think that strangers in my photos, especially oddly attired ones, as in the first photo, make the picture untidy, and people in red, also as in the first photo, are too much of a distraction. I make an exception when it is necessary to show a sense of scale, however.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
I think it's a bit like the ripples thing - anyone can take a reflection shot in Venice with ripples, or a street with people, but a shot with no ripples or no people is a rarity.
If you can enlarge this enough to read the nizioletto at the end of the street, you should be able to find this popular thoroughfare, or you may recognise the trattoria.
Here's the answer (in white) for those who have not made patience their virtue: Frezzaria.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
I don't like to have people in my photos. It often means a long wait, and I sometimes have to resort to asking people to move. That wasn't necessary in this case.
You might not have noticed the graffiti if I hadn't mentioned it. It's a blight in many cities, but especially in Venice.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
This is the grave of Sonia Kaliensky, born 20 February 1885 in Zabomgewka, Russia, died 6th February 1907 in Venice. The panel is signed E. Butti. It is said that she committed suicide by taking laudanum at the Danieli Hotel. Notice the sheen on her hand where hundreds of people have touched her.
When I first looked on the internet for further details, a few years ago, I found only one reference, and that to a poster library. Now you can google her name and get over 500 hits. So I'll leave those of you who want to know more to do that, rather than retyping it all. One hit says she committed suicide on her birthday, which is clearly incorrect. I tried to find out where Zambomgewka is, but I did not succeed. Perhaps someone out there can help me with that.
I think she is beautiful.
I hope this is a photo to brighten up your day. This is a church on an island that has been visited by Aerosmith, Keira Knightley, Oasis, Paul Simon, Sofia Loren and me.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
[If you've never seen the BBC TV programme "One Foot in the Grave", the title of this post will not mean anything to you.]
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Still, it would be quite an achievement to walk over every bridge in Venice, even if you had to cross a couple or more twice. Not on a par with climbing the highest peaks on each continent, or all the Monros in Scotland, perhaps.
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Monday, February 07, 2011
Sunday, February 06, 2011
This may look like a panorama, but it's not. It's just an ordinary photo that I've cropped. There's a short time when there's still some light in the sky, but it's dark enough for the electric lights to provide most of the illumination.
Answers to the five bridges:
#1 Ponte Priuli. There are two bridges with the same name within about 100 m of each other. Rather careless of the Venetians, I think, with hundreds of names to choose from. This is the eastern one, which connects Campiello Priuli to Calle degli Albanesi. Both Ponti Priuli cross Rio Priuli, which is also called Rio di Santa Sofia. There are also two Calli Priuli leading from Strada Nuova to Rio Priuli (the western one actually starts from Calle San Felice off Corte dei Pali già Testori). The western one is distinguished from the eastern one on maps by being called Calle Larga Priuli, or Calle Larga del Dose Priuli or Calle del Dose Priuli ('dose' is Venetian for 'doge'), but the nizioletti just say Calle Priuli on both of them. Confused? I don't blame you.
#2 Ponte della Latte. Nothing to do with 'milk', which is masculine, so it would be Ponte del Latte. The bridge is allegedly named after a Giovanni a Lacte. An Albanian bit off his wife's nose on this bridge in 1505 - it's a long story - you had to be there. And it wasn't this bridge, as this bridge dates from the 19th century, but you know what I mean. Yet again, to be more pedantic, this bridge does not date from the 19th century, as it is a copy and is either late 20th century or early 21st. But you knew what I meant, didn't you? The bridge crosses Rio di San Giovanni Evangelista (San Zuane), which is the boundary between Santa Croce and San Polo.
#3 Ponte del Megio, as Alexa said. There is a plaque near the bridge, just visible in the photo, which says (I think) that the diarist Marin Sanudo died here in 1536. It's through his diary that we know about the Albanian.
#4 Ponte de l'Agnella, which crosses Rio delle Due Torri in Santa Croce. I have nothing interesting to say about this bridge, except that it is very pretty when viewed from the south. It makes a lovely reflection-shot.
#5 Ponte San Canzian, as mentioned on 24 January.
Friday, February 04, 2011
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Too much? One of these you've already seen. [Here, I mean. You may have seen all of them in Venice.]
Did someone pass a law that said that every iron bridge in Venice had to be different? Actually, there are a couple or three that I think may be the same, but I could be wrong. It's quite hard to compare them side-by-side. I have more of these photos, as I'm sure you do too, but five is enough to be going on with.
For a bonus point, explain the title.