Wednesday 14th August 2013Venice in the Rain, Sestiere Di Cannaregio

Venice was particularly beautiful today, with the rain cascading down her bridges, forming rivulets that trickled back into her canals making the relationship between land and water even more intimate than usual.

The dark green water danced in a staccato of glistening crowns as each rain drop made contact, being absorbed into the life-blood of the city, adding buoyancy to all that travelled her briny tendrils in usual familiar fashion, undeterred and as if in welcome of the cooler air.

The gondolas with their serrated knife-edge fins, and ornately carved black glistening bodies teased at their moorings as Lady Venice swelled with pride and pulsed in time with the ancient bells that sang her praises, and called to her many suitors celebrating her many treasures.

The deep lines of her now vibrant facades washed bright by the passing storm only accentuated the deep wisdom of a woman who had become ever more beautiful and enchanting with the passing of time and the changing of the seasons, revealing a tenacity buried deep within her winding alleys, and the giant wooden columns of her timeless foundations.  Intricate patterns of countless stories and histories woven through the fabric of her very flesh indelibly marking the souls of all who would call her home, even if just for a day.

The rain like many of her visitors was just passing by, giving nourishment to the matriarch of the waters, rejuvenating her  splendour and alluring charm, and for those few hours making her glow with unbridled pride.

11 thoughts on “The Venice Diaries – Rain

        1. Unusually it was a tough one to write, I had to actually think about it! Half written on the day in Venice, and finished just now.
          Your one word will suffice. I wouldn’t have it any other way 😉


  1. So , basically what you are saying is, it was piddling down with with rain, right?
    I am a Philistine….
    That is a smashing photo b the way and I have summarily nicked it to adorn my desktop for a day or two.
    I was visited by this lady just now and she’s just been there too. But it obviously was not raining on her side of the canal. 🙂
    I linked your blog . You two can compare notes or something.


    1. You ol’ unromantic-romantic you! It’s very nice of you to pilfer my pic for your desktop, warms the cockles to know my work is appreciated 😉
      It only rained for a morning while I was there, then it was back to sweltering heat and clear blue skies, just the way I like it!

      I shall visit said lady right now and take a look. Cheers Ark!


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