Visions of Venice

By Lynn Strough

Travelynn Tales




When words simply won’t do… Lynn Strough takes us on a visual journey of Venice.



  • How can you not love Venice?! It’s a magical place where you feel as if you’re walking through a dream.
  • There are, of course, the classic scenes – the gondolas.
  • St. Mark’s square (Piazza San Marco, the main square of Venice, which Napoleon supposedly called “the drawing room of Europe”).
  • The many famous bridges, like the Bridge of Sighs, which connects the New Prison with the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace, the Rialto Bridge, and many smaller scenic bridges.
  • There is the Grand Canal, which is aptly named, and many museums with famous works of art.
  • But my favorite part of Venice is not so well known or recognized. It is the little alleyways, where the hordes of tourists from the cruise ships do not have time to discover or linger.
  • Where laundry flaps in the wind, black and white, like notes on a staff.
  • And in full technicolor, plain or prints.
  • Wander off and get lost in the myriad alleyways – you are never truly lost, as Venice is not that big.
  • But the best parts are the hidden parts that you randomly stumble upon.
  • This is what you’ll find in peak season in the main thoroughfares.
  • But if you fold up your map, stick it in your pocket, and just wander at will, you will find places almost all to yourself!
  • If you’re hungry, look for a little local place, far from the tourist crowds, where you’ll find local specialties, at small local prices.
  • And definitely do not forget the gelato for dessert.
  • The woman scooping is from the U.S., came here as a backpacker seven years ago and never left.
  • In the shopping districts, crazy Italian designs, where the shoes are encrusted with jewels...
  • ...and the eyeglasses are definitely different!
  • Murano glass is on display everywhere, including at the flea markets, scattered about...
  • …and of course, masks are a classic souvenir.
  • Keep your eyes open and look for the details that are Venice, including lots of lions…
  • and interesting windows…
  • …and doorways.
  • Look for reflections…
  • …and artistic graffiti.
  • You’ll discover a whole other side of Venice...
  • including answers to how the necessary business of the locals operates, such as how do they transport goods...
  • ...and how do they get rid of other unwanted products.
  • And just where do they make those gondolas anyway?
  • Yes, there are modern chains that intrude into all of the history, but you don’t have to patronize them, and at least they are made to conform to local building standards.
  • So climb the tower...
  • …hitch a ride in a gondola…
  • …get out of the main stream of traffic, and take a walk…
  • …and get lost in the dream that is Venice!





41About Lynn Strough

Lynn is a 50-something-year-old woman whose incarnations in this life have included graphic designer, children’s book author and illustrator, public speaker, teacher, fine art painter, wine educator in the Napa Valley, and world traveler. Through current circumstances, she has found herself single, without a job or a home, and poised for a great adventure.


“You could consider me homeless and unemployed, but I prefer nomad and self-employed, as I pack up my skills and head off with my small backpack and even smaller savings to circumnavigate the globe (or at least go until the money runs out). Get ready to tag along for the ride…starting now!”



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