I recently had a friend ask me “What’s the big deal with Pinterest?” So I was explaining to her what I like about it which is basically that it is a great way to collect images in one place, which is fabulous for anyone who is a “visual” type. I have a few of the standard boards that they suggest when you sign up and a couple that I have added. But definitely my favorite board is Scenes of Venice. I find these images to be inspirational and at the same time very calming. I love the way that the light and the buildings reflect off of the water. To capture these moments in a photograph is amazing and makes me feel like I am right there. I wanted to share one of my favorite photographs above by Ashleigh Hodges from her Etsy shop.
I have a confession to make and I feel very ashamed. When I first visited Venice, I couldn’t wait to leave it behind. I know, I hear the collective gasping of air. As our train pulled in I loved it because it is an amazing sight – a city built on water. But once we got there I guess it was too much for me. The water was dark and smelly, we were constantly getting lost in the maze of “streets”, our hotel room was crazy tiny and the food was sooo expensive and not even very tasty. This was not meeting my expectation of “the city of Romance”.
Fast forward about 20 years.
The last time I was in Venice, I didn’t want to leave. And I am trying to figure out how this happened. In those 20 years have I gained a new sense of adventure? A greater level of patience? Perhaps a less rigid expectation? Definitely an appreciation of some alone time with my husband! But visiting Venice now that maze of “streets” calls me into its’ mystery. Every bridge and every building connect me to the traditions of the ancient city. The tales of the ebb and flow of the water and their affects on the lives of the Venetians beg me to listen. Now it is a city of Enchantment. A place that beckons me to return again and again.