The photo below is a wonderful example of what I'm talking about. This was taken from a bridge over a small canal. It is one of my all time favorite photographs. I was looking the other direction when my wife said "Turn around." I did and wow!
The three photos above are of different windows taken during my strolls. They are all away from the Grand Canal either on small canals, streets or squares. Below is a typical narrow street.
Above is the Rio dei Frari, a small canal near the Church of the Frari( see blog post of11/4/12 The Frari Church, Bellini and Jesus Christ Superstar).
Carnivale, the celebration that occurs at the beginning of Lent, is a big deal in Venice. There are many parties and masked balls. There are shops in Venice who sell and/or rent masks and costumes.
Below are masks from one such shop.
The photo below is of a different mask shop. The mannequin outside the shop is wearing the costume worn by a Venetian plague doctor. During plague outbreaks the doctors who took care of the victims dressed in outfits like this. During one outbreak Venice started with 18 doctors, which was soon reduced to eight, by a combination of death and fleeing the city. Some of the plague doctors weren't trained physicians. Unfortunately the state of medicine at the time meant that their most important duty was recording the deaths.
The beak was hollow with a breathing hole on the side. They would stuff the beak with good smelling things such as herbs, because bad smells were supposed to spread the plague. The eye holes were filled with glass for vision. A leather hood covered the head and neck. A cloak and hat completed the outfit.If you were ill how would you like to see this guy show up at your bedside? You can purchase a full blown mask like this for $200-$300. I bought a smaller plastic version for about $5.00 and brought it home. I wore it on Halloween complete with hat and cloak. The first bunch of kids who came down our street took one look at me sitting on the porch and kept right on walking. Our four year old grand daughter woudn't get within 10 feet of me. Great fun!
Below are a couple of shops. The first one sells grappa, etc. I don't know what business the second one is in, but it has a great sign.
For all you Agatha Christie fans, below is the sign for the track at the train station where the Orient Express loads passengers. They had red carpet, booze, etc. for their passengers. As well they should--as I remember the cost was between $3000 and $4000. That's one way, thank you. Per person.
Below are photos of three more small canals.
How about a little treat to tide you over before dinner?
Above are three more small canals. Below are lovers' locks locked on a bridge railing.