We arrive and the grass is a vivid green…..the buildings shine in their vibrant colors of red, orange and yellow. The trees stand majestically shaped in a way I never saw trees before, tall and skinny , cone shaped with the branches pointed upward to the brilliant, blue sky. Unique and very catching to the eye. We hear the ringing of the bell in the tall Bell Tower right outside our window. That is the view from our room. It chimes every hour, as if to say, “It’s 3:00 and all is well….How can’t it all be well when you are on vacation in such a beautiful spot.
The next day we ride a ferry to our destination. We feel the rocking of the ferry as it sails through the water and see the spray of water as the drops land on the window. Soon we arrive and its like we have stepped back in time.
The color scheme of the buildings stand out to me again and you can see the age in them. You feel the history as you gaze upon them. The narrow alleys are calling you to come explore and the tiny bridges add a unique beauty to the place. You walk into the courtyards and feel the gray cobblestone under your feet, as you gaze at the awesome architecture in the intricately designed buildings that surround you. The designs of the buildings had to take so long to do. They weren’t designed in this century with all our modern machinery. The people were dedicated to making their city beautiful and they had the patience to see their hard work through.
I walk in the palace hearing the echoes of my shoes on the floor, wondering about the echoes of the people who had gone before. How did the ladies feel as they were escorted into the grand ballroom, elegant in its simple beauty. How did the prisoners feel as they were escorted to the courtroom sitting on the hard, brown, wooden benches awaiting the fate that would be handed down to them. Knowing that they may never see the beauty of their city again. Only the 4 walls of their dreary, cold, bleak, gray cell. Gaze on the bars as they hear them clang shut and the guards footsteps get quieter as they go back up above ground to partake in the beauty of life.
As you travel back outside you smell the ripeness of the variety of fruits in the open market in the square. The strawberries are a vibrant red and the green pears are making your mouth water to taste their sweetness.What your taste buds really desire tho is a rich,creamy gelato! Oh as you bite into it, your taste buds jump for joy, thanking you for this smooth, luscious taste! You close your eyes and savor the moment.
While strolling this beautiful, unique city you can’t help but to notice the gleaming greenish-blue water that is calling out to you. Its saying to come rest awhile and let it carry you gently over it. This crystal water is why you don’t hear the sounds of cars honking or smell the smoke from them. Transportation by a gondola is how you get around. If you ever wanted to feel like a king or queen for a day you will as you ride in the gondola. They are a shiny black with dazzling gold carvings in the design of the front and back of them. You step onto a royal red, oriental carpet inside the gondola and sit yourself on a black cushioned bench, with red pillows that feel as soft as a cloud. As you glide along, you catch a different view of the grandeur buildings. You hear your gondalier or another one singing or playing a musical instrument to enhance your pleasure of the ride. Music is so soothing and it crosses all boundaries. No language barriers to worry about, everyone understands how music speaks to the heart.
Oh take me back, take me back to the charming city of Venice. The city that made me feel like I was living in a dream!