I read a book by this title before we left for Italy (Subtitle: A Sensual Guide).  After our brief visit, I can now say I concur.  The city is shaped like a fish, yes, but that is not what I mean.

Like a fish, Venice glimmers in both sunlight and moonlight.  It flashes diamond light that is at once there and then just as quickly gone.  It is buoyant and still, but if you reach for it, it will slip your grasp.  It can rise to the surface or slink into the depths.  What it will never do, however, is reveal itself to you willingly.

Venice is a mystery.

Venice is a dream.  Such a place cannot exist in the world.  Now that I have left, I am convinced I was never there, as if it were a mirage.

The only thing I can say with absolute certainty about Venice is that two days is not nearly long enough to spend there.

Evening light dancing on the Grand Canal

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  1. You will have to go back.

  2. Amy (bieske) Stimac

    Will be watching for the rest about Venice. Hurry, please 😉

  3. Glad you enjoyed.

    I don’t know why, but Venice holds no appeal for me ~ I love boats and water but it just seems like it would be musty and damp.

  4. Megan K. Bickel

    Venice was my FAVORITE place I visited when I went to Italy. It is magic!

  5. Oh, wow. So beautifully stated. i was in Venice in 1987, but it sounds like I was too young to fully appreciate it! (and the sad thing is.. I wans’t that young! 🙂

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