Serenity

I have always enjoyed visiting Venice and one of the reasons is that once I move away from the crowds there are some very peaceful sights to be seen.  I like to go off the main path and when I do I’ve found places like this.

VeniceIt was very quiet except for the sound of a boat passing by.  There were no people around and it was a wonderful experience.

VeniceAs I continued walking a found a scene that combines several of my favorite things – water, a bridge, and fresh, crisp laundry hanging from the windows.  Although I didn’t see anyone it shows that even in Venice people are doing everyday tasks but in an artistic way!

Find more serene pictures here.

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Adventure!

Venice is a place that I think of when it comes to adventure.  Part of the fun of finding interesting places there is to step away from the crowds and find scenes like this.  Where is the gondola going?  It could be anywhere but it certainly looks as though they are gliding toward an adventure.

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For more examples look here.

Here and There

It was three years ago this month that I started Meg Travels.  My very first post was about Venice, which has been one of the places I’ve written a lot about ever since!  As I look back I think that there are so many aspects of travel that are part of the overall experience, such as planning, getting lost, finding souvenirs, wondering what to do with the souvenirs when you get home, shopping, and many other details.  I still wonder if it will rain, but I’ve found that a place can be just as beautiful under cloudy or rainy skies.  I just try to keep an umbrella handy – or a poncho.  Either one works fine.

I think that walking is an excellent way to see a place too.  And when possible, stop at a gelato shop for a delicious treat as you walk.  Here are pictures from some of my rainy, sunny, chilly, warm and mostly wonderful travel adventures from over the past three years.  There’s more to come too.

 

After all, travel is both inspiring and fun!

 

Renewing a Passport

Next month it will be time to renew my passport.  It’s a little worn now with lots of interesting stamps and memories, including a stamp from my very first visit to Italy.  On the back cover are colorful stickers that have accumulated over the years.  When I started traveling with this passport I didn’t take many photos.  I was too busy looking around and trying to remember everything that I saw.  Because of this I have very few pictures from early trips.  Then there was the time that I forgot to bring my camera to the Grand Place in Brussels. I had to buy a disposable camera and to my disappointment the pictures were blurry.  I’ll have to go there again so I can get better photographs!

It’s wonderful to have done so much traveling over the past few years.  Here are some of my favorite memories of trips where I took many, many pictures.

Now that it’s time for a new passport I’m definitely planning on more traveling, and some trips will be local since I’m living in a different place (Virginia).  I’m looking forward to more adventures and to start getting stamps in my new passport!

Around Venice

One of the best things about souvenirs is that they preserve wonderful memories of a place. I have lots of souvenirs that I’ve purchased such as postcards and Murano glass jewelry.  But these photographs from Venice are both from famous landmarks and places that will always remind me of a moment in time.

This may not be a famous place but I can recognize it as being from Venice.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Window

One time when I was in Venice I had a room with a view of the Grand Canal.  When I opened the window there was this peaceful scene of parked gondolas and pedestrian traffic.  It was a nice time to be in Venice.

I’ve just completed my move as I mentioned in my last post.  There should be more adventures ahead!

CBBH Photo Challenge: Same Subject, Different Time

The Bridge of Sighs in Venice is a place where I have taken many pictures over the years.  Here are some of those photos from different visits and various times of the day.

VeniceVeniceRenovation… :

VeniceAnd here is one from the other side of the bridge:

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The two blogs I would like to recommend this month are:  Just Add Attitude and wordsfromanneli.

Quiet Places in Venice

Large crowds are to be expected in Venice.  St. Mark’s Square is full of people taking pictures, waiting in various lines, shopping and sitting at tables eating a meal.  There are pigeons too.  But it’s really simple to escape the crowds and discover interesting places that are worth finding.  When I walk near the water a gondola or small boat might drift by, which makes the scene even more memorable.

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