A Venitian Bookstore

I am always on the lookout for interesting bookstores and found a quirky one, unexpected and decorated with humor called the Acqua Alta which means high water, something that occurs more and more in Venice. They mostly sell used bookd from what I could see and a few books in English but I didn’t find anything I wanted to read. Maurice found two though. The bookstore is said to be owned by a fun and flirtatious man but there were only a few young women working when we were there.

The entrance full of old, ruined books.

As you can see, it is very crowded with very narrow aisles.

Boats and old gondolas were used as book shelves of a sort.

And the fire exit leads right into the canal.

Beauty

More fabulous costumes seen on Sunday-just me, the costumed participants and hundreds of photographers

Especially lovely I thought.

I liked the colors.

I liked the gondolas in the background.

There’s a pose for you! I don’t know how you can look sexy in a mask but she did.

A little bit of a sunrise color in the sky. You can’t tell which nationality is under those masks. I’ve heard French,German and English. This lady could have been Japanese or Chinese as after I took her photo she gave me a little head bow.

Killer background.

Support

For the last art festival in Venice all sorts of art could be seen around the city. One of the pieces was two arms coming out of the water, hands against a building as if holding it up and it is called Support. It represents the rising of water around the world due to global warming as well as the plight of Venice.  I was disappointed to have missed seeing it when I saw photos of it and most of the art was gone but to my delight, it was still here. It is done by Lorenzo Quinn who is the son of the actor, Anthony Quinn. He tried acting for a bit but decided to pursue art full time. His mother is Italian and he was raised in both New York City and Italy and now lives in Italy with his family.

Seen from the canal.

Closer from the vaporetto stop.

From the side.

Right hand.

Left hand.

Shot from underneath. You can go to his website and see the arms being put into a boat and being brought up the Grand Canal if interested as well as his other art.

Carnavale

Carnivale is an exciting time anywhere but it is really special in Venice. Many people dress in costumes even if it’s just a cape and a simple mask but I’m always on the lookout for the more professional ones and they are usually found on San Marc square. I hate crowds and it can get really packed there so I set off very early both Saturday and Sunday morning before the festivities ended to see what I could find. There were indeed many great costumes and I had to fight my way through and around photographers with big cameras and long lenses to get my shots.

The first lady I came to was standing in this splendid location with the perfect background. Note that the building on top of her hat matches the building in the distance. Salute, I think.

Flamboyant and over the top rather like Liberace if anyone remembers him.

They really know how to make dramatic poses.

She looked pretty in the sun.

This lady had a costume made of what looked to be canvas bags for coffee beans. Good pose.

Very elegant and sophisticated. There was one guy wearing a rather strange costume with opera music playing from underneath his costume.

The same lady as at the beginning who moved in front of these doors. I like this pose and look how tiny her waist looks!

Parade

During the carnavale season here in Venice, which lasts a month, there is much to see and do. One day there was a parade having something to do with ten virgins. There were ten pretty women dressed in ancient Italian fashion carried aloft by men, bands, period costumes and teams of people with flags doing precision drills. I have seen this a couple of times in the States at football games. I wonder where the custom started?

As you can see, there had been rain but it stopped before the parade. I liked these colorful flags being flung about in unison.

A video I took of an incredible flag throwing/catching performance


I loved this little cutie interested in throwing confetti at the parade.

This was the style seen in the parade, sort of royal renaissance.

The sun sort of peeked through as we headed home.

First Day in Venice

Our first day in Venice was rainy, but not horrible torrential rain so it wasn’t unpleasant and anyway, we are in Venice.

Gourmet pasta artistically arranged in a window.

A Venitian flag blowing in the wind.

We passed this as we were walking. It looks sort of Templar Knights to me but I have no idea. Venice has a very long and mixed history. So much happened that it is hard to keep track of it all. I was looking up the history of when Napoleon was here and it is very involved but he invaded Venice in 1796 and by then Venice had been drained by wars with the Ottomans so didn’t put up much of a fight. Then Austria won Venice in a treaty only to have France take control again in 1805.  One thing Napoleon did was have all of the little huts removed from gondolas. I guess there was too much misbehaving going on inside of them. I also read that prostitutes had red lights on their gondolas. 26 churches were closed along with 25 monasteries and covents.

Mozart was here in Venice for the carnival of 1771 as this plaque says. It was obviously a big deal. I don’t know why the garland was put up around it. Did you know that he died at 36 years of age?