Walking a Narrow Path in Venice

posted by Sharon February 3, 2015 31 Comments
Venice

Did you know that not all the streets of Venice are waterways? A few streets are built on the land. These are dedicated solely to people–no cars allowed.

Many of these paths will surprise you with their narrowness.

Residents figured out long ago how to cope with a city where land is at a premium and streets are rare and confined. Street signs, for example, don’t take up any space on the streets; they hang high on walls. Visitors get confused about which street below a sign may be referring to, but it’s fun to get lost in Venice, so that’s no problem.

The folks in Venice have figured out how to live and thrive in this unique place on the tiny bit of land available. They set up shops.

They grow their gardens out the window rather than in the ground.

Their pets watch the world from high above.

The city couldn’t sprawl as it grew because it’s surrounded by water. So it went up instead.

You won’t find backyards or clotheslines, but that’s no problem.

We all have times when the paths of our lives narrow. The going gets harder. For me, this has come in the form of illness, surgeries, money issues. In those times, we can think about the Venetians. They get creative, they build up if need be, they keep on with their laundry and their lives.

How about you? What kind of path are you traveling this week?

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, and Sweet Shot Tuesdays.The first photo is edited with Kim Klassen’s texture History

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31 Comments

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Evelyn in Oregon February 3, 2015 at 5:07 am

How I would LOVE to be able to visit Venice and capture some of these wonderful images! Beautiful work.

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elizabethfstewart February 3, 2015 at 6:23 am

Challenges can be opportunity disguised, they say. I think the Venetians knew that saying!

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Marilyn Gallas February 3, 2015 at 6:25 am

How beautiful. Thanks for sharing your adventure. I like the reflection in the first image. I really like all the narrow passageways. Would love to see it in person.

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Becs February 3, 2015 at 11:04 am

I love Venice and you’ve captured it beautifully.

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FlowerLady Lorraine February 3, 2015 at 11:06 am

Beautiful photos of a beautiful ancient city. My husband and I were there in 1973. Spent 6 days there, cheap. We were traveling with back packs, cameras, canteens, maps and our book Europe on $5-$10 a day. We had just spent 3 years living in Spain while he was in the US Navy. We wanted to see a bit of Europe before leaving for home and we did. 9 countries in almost 60 days. Venice was my very favorite place!

Thank you for bringing back memories. ~ Being creative and building our lives upward ~ is a great, positive thought.

FlowerLady

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Tamar SB February 3, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Wow! I so so so want to go to venice one day!

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jeanne stone February 3, 2015 at 12:59 pm

I love your shots here Sharon. my husband and I were in Venice a couple of years ago and it is such an amazing place! I was shocked when I saw your photo here if Rialto 79. I actually bought a LOT of murano glass and beads there. It is owned by the greatest guy and his wife is an American ( was a stewardess). We took lots of shots of this shop! Out of all the little shops in Venice, was funny to see your photo of this. Your photos by the way are just awesome. I took lots of shots when I was there, but have a lot more camera stuff now and would love to go back and stay. Have a great day!

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kim at picking poppies February 3, 2015 at 2:32 pm

So, so beautiful. Love that first shot. And yes, I think as long as you build on a strong foundation, you can build up as the path narrows and the water gets deeper.

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rmh555 February 3, 2015 at 2:54 pm

I loved taking this little trip along the streets of Venice with you! What wonderful images you shared!

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Nadine Feldman February 3, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Venice was a fun trip…so different! These photos brought back fond memories.

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Sheila February 3, 2015 at 6:48 pm

Beautiful place and a lovely set of images!

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Earl February 3, 2015 at 8:40 pm

Wonderful. Thank you for the tour of the non-water paths of Venice. Wonderful photos. I weas there in the 1950s and saw only the waterways. I especially liked the photo with the cat.

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Dotti C. Rinehart February 3, 2015 at 9:07 pm

Oh, I do love this post and these fabulous photos of Venice! We’re going to be there this summer and I can’t wait. {I still have the email you sent me about packing!}

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Carola Bartz February 3, 2015 at 10:52 pm

Wonderful photos of Venice! I have always loved the narrow alleys in European cities and miss them here.

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Beti Horvath February 3, 2015 at 10:54 pm

Wonderful photos, make me a little warmer in the frozen Northeast US.

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Su-sieee! Mac February 4, 2015 at 12:01 am

Great post! I like everything about it: the photos, the narrative, the metaphor to life. My path is warm and soft, in general, thank you for asking.
The View from the Top of the Ladder

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Amy February 4, 2015 at 5:06 am

oh wow what a beautiful place. definitely on my list to visit one day

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Satu February 4, 2015 at 7:35 am

Oih, so charming! Lovely photos, lovely place!

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facile et beau - Gusta February 4, 2015 at 7:51 am

I love Venice. So many old buildings.

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Brooke neal February 4, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Great photo of the cat in the window, it’s my favorite. Venice is such a photographable city, nice job.

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Abrianna February 4, 2015 at 3:46 pm

Beautiful photographs. I like the cat in the window and the black and white one. That shop selling Maurano glass-what a temptation that would be.

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kim February 4, 2015 at 6:22 pm

These are wonderful! I love the tight alley ways. I would love to explore them.

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Ida P. Krause February 4, 2015 at 9:27 pm

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to live in Venice. It looks beautiful but I’m afraid the smell from the water would bother me and the narrow streets seem confining. Loving the shot of the cat looking out the window.

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Molly February 5, 2015 at 12:00 am

One day I hope to see Venice for myself. Thanks for sharing

Mollyxxx

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Life Images by Jill February 5, 2015 at 8:55 am

I would love to visit Venice one day. Thank you for these lovely images. A little peak into life in Venice for the ordinary person. My week? is worrying about the terrible bushfires we have in our south west corner of the state this week. and praying for rain.
Have a lovely weekend. I’ve visited you from Wednesday around the world.

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Catherine February 5, 2015 at 1:03 pm

Venice is such an enchanting city,… it’s been a long while since I’ve been and I’m itching to go back! Love the narrow streets you captured!

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Barbara February 5, 2015 at 2:28 pm

My Venice!! No matter how many times I’ve been there and how many pictures I have of this city… It’s always so charming!! And I’m lucky enough to live 1 hour from there!!

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Ariadne February 5, 2015 at 7:43 pm

How beautiful!I have never been there!AriadnefromGreece!

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jade February 6, 2015 at 11:08 am

What a lovely visit! These are some of my favorite things in Europe too – the window boxes full of flowers and the narrow pathways. Loved seeing them through your lens!

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Lisa @ SLP February 6, 2015 at 7:57 pm

You captured Venice really well… makes me miss it.

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prairiejill February 10, 2015 at 5:46 am

Beautiful!!

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