Oct 26 2010

POTD: Venetian Canal

by in Central & Southern Europe, Italy, Photo of the Day

A canal in Venice, Italy. One of the great things about living in London was the availability of cheap holidays. We flew to Rome and Venice for less than $100 and stayed in cheap apartments and B&B’s.

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3 Responses to POTD: Venetian Canal

  1. From Roger:

    Damn it – is there no cool place on earth you haven’t been and photographed?

    I know – or knew – Italy pretty well and back in the nineties went to Rome multiple times and visited every site, church and museum in the Blue Guide.

    But somehow never made it to Venice as I wanted it to be a quasi-religious experience (for a start I just had to arrive by sea on a proper ship) – and back when I had the money to do it properly I never had the time – and now I have the time I have no money (and its apparently no place for a budget traveller).

    Carl Gustav Jung despite living in Switzerland never visited Rome – he booked tickets several times but simply could not get on the train or plane when the day arrived as his mental image of Rome was so strong that he was terrified the reality would grievously disappoint him.

    When I was young I remember thinking that was pretty bizarre – but I now realise I feel much the same way about Venice and so may well die (unless it sinks beneath the waves first) without ever seeing it at all….

    E la vita.

    Posted on October 26, 2010 at 7:52 pm #
  2. From Lindsay:

    You’ll see it eventually, Roger – I’m sure of it – even if it involves a Ryanair flight instead of a ship ;)

    Posted on October 27, 2010 at 12:06 am #
  3. From Roger:

    Ah Ryanair! – thanks for the memories….

    But IIRC they or Easyjet (who are a considerably – no exponentially – more reliable and less obsessively money-grubbing budget airline) do fly to Trieste – and last time I checked there was a ferry from Trieste to Venice.

    So if I can just overcome my Jung Syndrome (which is kind of like Stendhal Syndrome in reverse) it could be done.

    Posted on October 27, 2010 at 5:10 am #

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