i am here. sitting quietly on this wednesday morn in the serene republic of venice. on a couch, by windows with green shutters, on ground level, that open onto a small canal. drinking coffee. eating oatmeal with apples. typing out this postcard to YOU. hello out there. a small boat just motored by the window. i can hear water lapping against the walls.
a sheet of gray covers the city today, but the walls across from our apartment glow faintly with pale yellow, and the faded bricks add another layer of warm light. the water in the narrow canal is pale green like sea foam, but different. like an ocean, but different. like waves, but not. it too glows gently against the gray.
we will walk later. yesterday i logged 16k steps which is like an olympic record for me who usually gets no more than 6k per day and many times less! but it felt effortless. i glide along, look about, feel the cold air on my face, and yesterday the sunshine.
internet is absolutely dismal in this apartment so this may or may not load. i am going to make my bed, open my shutters, and shower while i wait.
more later. with love from venice. xo
Ellen DeBoer says
Ahhh! I’m so excited for you, Mary Ann!! Thank you for sharing all the details. Feels like I’m there!
I told my husband that you walked 16k steps! He said, “Yeah, she was looking for that paper store!” 🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪🤪
Violet Cadburry says
Looks so beautiful and deserted? Are you going to get a gondola ride and record the singing for us? See if the gondolier will let you steer. That would make a great photo. I am sitting at home looking like a cyborg with a cataract shield taped over my left eye. So no traveling for me for awhile. Looking forward to new posts from Venice. Especially a picture of the $15 bottle of water you can get in St. Mark’s Square. TTFN
Oh it loaded and I am enjoying traveling with you once again. Happy holidays to you and your sis.
Kristi WB says
Merry Christmas, Mary Ann! It looks and sounds like you are having a wonderful time in Venice. It is on my bucket list, so for now, I am living vicariously through you. Thank you for taking me along.
Sally Edmonds says
Well…everything I wanted to say has been said by others before me… So a very Merry Christmas to you! Wish I were there too! 😁🎄🎉
Michele Unger says
Hurrah! I love to think of you in Venice for Christmas! I hope your time there is restorative and adventurous and, especially, joyous! Merry Christmas!
Ahhhhh some! I love every photo, every word! 😄❤️❤️
Karen Goetz says
All of these photos are magnificent, but the one that took my breath away was the first one of the canal, with the sun glowing off of the buildings. Glad to see you are in one of your favorite spots and exhaling your stress away. Can’t wait to see more! I am making a travel journal for Christmas for my eldest daughter, who is going for a floral arranging class in the UK next spring, at Butley Priory, a 14 century monastery in Suffolk. Travel journal inspired by MAM.
Kate Burroughs says
Love seeing your pictures from Venice. We had such a good time there two years ago. Love my Murano glass bead necklace and earrings I got myself. Still haven’t used the marbled paper I bought there, on your advice and example. It will make it to a book paper at some point. Enjoy your time there.
Leanne S says
Happy wistful sighs from here.
Those teal bricks though with the Pantone color of the year peeking out through it. Wowza!!!
wendy richardson says
yay! we’re going on another adventure. thanks for bringing me along.
Oh, how the memories flood in a I view this “postcard” from Venice, my favorite place. Thanks for sharing this journey.
Venice La Serinissima! what a joy to see this morning. May your aqua not be alta for this trip.
Pat Rogerson says
Hi Mary Ann! Love those sunny photos and so great to hear you are enjoying your trip! Long time no see – my husband and I were able to meet up with you last time you were in Venice and it seems we will be there at the same time again this Christmas! We arrive on Sunday and with any luck will bump into you somewhere cosy like Dersut at the Frari! If you do get time to say hi – just send me an email and we can try and sort something out! Much love Pat (and Mike) from Oxford England
Mary Shaw says
Oh, Mary Ann, grazie! I’m taking a coffee break also (here in Central Florida) and it was lovely to spend it with you, swooning at crusty patinas and gondolas and that divine dessert. Can’t wait to see your Venice journal.
Beth Laverty says
I was so happy to wake up this morning and read your delightful “postcard” from Venice. I may never make it to Venice, or Europe for that matter but I thank you for taking me along on your journeys.