Beautiful Venice

I have been to Italy a few times in my life. Among smaller cities I was in Milan, Florence, Genoa and Cagliari. I have even seen their state printer from the inside. Okay, I just mention this to have something to tell about Rome. But I never was in Venice before. This time I closed that gap.

 

As on other trips before, we used the evening hours for sightseeing. Benefits: Most day tourists are leaving in the afternoon and temperatures are getting more comfy every minute. Especially in smaller Italian cities, street life wont start before 7pm. And of course, the advantage of the golden hour for taking photographs.

 

The trip: Spending the day in an air conditioned mall in Mestre (Italy trip without fashion shopping is no Italy trip), later then a short drive to the pre-booked parking lot at Mestre train station, followed by a 10 minute train ride and we arrived at Venice St. Lucia station around 4pm. An easy and stressless way to get there. when queueing up for Vaporetto tickets, some Germans appoached us and offered their day passes, for free! They where already leaving and they would become useless for them anyway. What a gift. Thank you!

We jumped on a Vaporetto which brought us to St. Mark’s Square. Then we were strolling through Venice via Academia and San Polo to the Rialto-Bridge. Another Vaporetto took us back to the station.

This photo was taken from Rialto-Bridge, shortly after sunset.

 

Tip: later we learned, another way to get to Venice is by Ferry from Fusina. In my oppinion the perfect way. Could there be a better way to enter a city, built on water, by coming over water?

 

Summer, Sun, Kayak.

Better a fun kayak than no kayak. Never imagined river Po when thinking about kayaking. Not that bad. Plenty of water in branches of rivers and lagoons. Plenty of midges included. Its also possible to go from delta del Po national park to Venice by Kayak. Idea: with a folding kayak to Venice… reminds me about our 1996 Trabant trip through Tuscany.

Erfurt Christmas Market – the other side

Not sure if you have ever heard of the Erfurt Christmas market. Main reason why it is that popular in this region is the magnificent background, provided by the impressive cathedral and the chuch next to it. Both are located on a hill with the Christmas market at its feet.

If you saw a guy with a tripod standing between all the folks there and trying to capture photos – yeah, it was me. Even the long exposure time did not get the photo rid of people standing in the frame.

This photo was originally puplished on my Instagram account.

Erfurt Christmas Market. (another approach)

I took a similar photo in December 2011 (link). Last time i placed the camera on one of the steps which lead up the the Erfurt cathedral. This time I went there on purpose, carrying a tripod with me. I probably will do that again once we see snow at the christmas market. Anyway a nice outcome of that activity.

This photo was originally puplished on my Instagram account.

Support your (local) Team

There was this sunday afternoon in October last year. We decided to have something like a “cultural day”. The heroic FC Carl Zeiss Jena called out for us and we couldn’t resist to witness the unfortunal tie against Wacker Nordhausen. 

According to her it wasn’t our last visit to “the Paradise” and I am looking forward to visit a nice match somewhen in spring again.

This photo was originally puplished on my Instagram account.