I dumped my bags inside the apartment, grabbed my camera, and a woolly scarf (because the morning air was chilly, still), and headed out into the Campo for a quick cup of coffee.
I’d arrived! Ahead lay three weeks of bliss: living in my very own studio apartment in Venice. It wasn’t The Ritz (that’s not my style!), but to me it was perfect: a comfortable bed (with a view of the sparkling waters of my special canal, right opposite the great doors of the Ca’ Rezzonico), a clean bathroom, a functional kitchen and somewhere to sit and write, or read, or dream when I wasn’t out and about, lunching in the late Autumn sunshine, doing my marketing at the Rialto, drinking it all in! All this, and just steps from the Grand Canal and Campo S. Barnaba, within reach of all the glories and rankness that is Venice – yes: perfect.
After that hurried coffee, almost the first people I came across were trundling their bags out into the deserted Rio di S. Barnaba – poor things … time to go!
Marianne’s challenge this (oops, last!) month was to see things from others’ points of view. I thought I’d start with the small things that tourists don’t actually come to see, but are the fabric and texture of La Serenissima.
Though these last few months have been a topsy-turvy time of coming, going, staying, delaying – and always playing catch-up with your blogs and posts, and rarely finding time to answer your generous comments – there are two blogs I’d like to tell you about.
The first, The Raxa Collective, is just that, a collective of young writers and photographers, students and volunteers, with a focus on sustainability and the environment – and glorious captures of birds and other animals. The blog is a breath of fresh air – on top of which it often hot-wires me into sites I’d never find on my own, much less have the knowledge or time to search for. Opening its posts in my Reader is like a delicious pot luck – there’s invariably something interesting, arresting, inspiring or beautiful to see or read – perhaps you’ll find something there you like as well.
Though he’s “Closed for the Holidays” all August, Xavi’s viewpoint, from Terrassa, near Barcelona, is eclectic and since he posts daily, there’s plenty for you to see in the meantime.
PS – Departure date sometime between 22-24 August! I’ve told Immigration to cancel my
Visa on 31st – so that’s going to be that! 🙂