Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Island of Giudecca


A Special Hi to all of you from Venice.  I arrived on the Island of Giudecca on Saturday.  The yellow paper lanterns were lining the canal in anticipation of the annual fireworks that night called Rendentore.  My first stop on our all-day tour was the famous Hilton Mulino Stucky, that had an almost 360 degree view of Venice from the rooftop garden and pool.

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The day was hot...34 degrees and 56 per cent humidity, but that didn't stop me from having my breath taken away by all the beauty surrounding me!

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A view down one of the interior canals on Giudecca (left)
A view of the promenade (right)

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This was an espaliered vine that covered a marble wall on the roof top of the Mulino Stucky

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A type of bean ever so gracefully opening out of the most delicate flower

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A view down one of the alleys.  There was a abundance of greenery and flowers almost everywhere.

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The reflections of the sun on the water are so ethereal and cast a spell on you.

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A view from the window in the Mulino Stucky Hotel (left)
The sunlight shining through a window in my Hotel (right)

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The island of Giudecca is not a popular tourist destination.  It is mainly occupied by residents, so it was so pleasant to stroll the sidewalks next to the canals and the back alleys.  We virtually only saw the locals.




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  A view across the lagoon to Venice taken from a cafe we stopped to have an espresso. 

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They even have graffiti, but I particularly was taken with the soft muted colors - so tasteful. (right photo)


The colors were vibrant

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The flowers were magnificent.  The Venetians take such pride in their homes.

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This was washing strung out to dry in the hot sun.

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Doors and windows were so attractive

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Stairways over intersecting canals

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These were some contemporary housing projects we visited on the tour

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Fresh fish market that was setting up for the day

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A delicate squash blossom


To be continued.............Ciao for now!!!!


Patricia Gray writes about Interior Design inspirations, emerging trends, and the world of Design. 
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