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Challenges of Working in Venice


As you might suspect, going about daily activities in a city built on water, a 1500 kilometer network of canals, that encompasses 117 islands with over 400 bridges can be difficult to say the least. The challenges it presents are many and very unique.

I visited Venice for the first time in 2015, and while I realized that things were difficult, I had no idea what that really meant.  I would imagine most of us don’t. After all, we are there on vacation. To enjoy the beauty of this amazing city unlike any other in the World. We don’t think about the ‘how’ of things. At least I didn’t.

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Italia, I Will See You Again

After much consideration, and a little soul searching, I came to the decision to put off my trip to Italy this year.  I feel that it is the best course of action for me at this time. It wasn’t an easy decision by any means. And yet? I felt OK with my decision. Too OK in fact. This really bothered me. It gnawed at me continually.  I actually felt guilty. I actually felt as though I were betraying this country that has had such a profound impact on me.  I felt as though something had changed.  I felt as though I had somehow changed.

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Dream Italia – Venezia The Final Days



I have but 2 days left in Venezia. It has gone by much too quickly. I can feel that she is beckoning me, ‘Stay. Don’t go Rae.’ I know that she has much more to show me. But alas, reality comes slamming back into view and I have to return to work. If I don’t return to work, how will I afford to visit next year? It is that thought, knowing I will return, that will get me through these next 48 hours.  Come, come with my on the final leg of my journey through Venezia.

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Dream Italia – The Dream Continues in Venezia

Sunday Sept 27, 2015 

It’s a beautiful, sunny day as I throw open all of the windows in my room, open my arms wide and exclaim, ‘Buongiorno Venezia!’ ala Katherine Hepburn.  As I gaze down  the canal what do I see? What is this? Oh no………. a behemoth of a cruise ship slowly passes by in the distance, towering over the buildings, obstructing any further view and shattering the serenity of the moment.  Damn! A few minutes later, another makes its way through the Giudecca Canal across my field of view . Double damn!



I have been reading about the outcry of residents on this subject.   There has been much written about these giants and what they are doing to the city of Venice, aesthetically as well as the damage they cause to the environment, and the fragile,  historical structures.  Many would like to see them banned from using the Giudecca Canal and use a different route.  In November, 2014 such a ban was instituted that restricted ships over 96,000 tons from using the canal.  Unfortunately Venice’s Regional Administrative Tribunal has since thrown out the limit.  The Italian Transport Ministry stated it will appeal the decision to the Council of State. But I digress…..

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Dream Italia – Venezia

Ever since I saw the movie ‘Summertime’ I have wanted to go to Venice, Italy. I dreamed of riding the train into the city across the water. I dreamed of throwing open the windows of my hotel room to the Grand Canal below. I dreamed of sitting on the balcony of the hotel with other visitors chatting and comparing notes of our trip. I dreamed of sipping whatever cocktail it was that Italians drank, despite my not being old enough to drink, nor had I ever had a cocktail! I dreamed of walking along the canals admiring the locals going about their every day chores. I dreamed of sitting in St. Mark’s Square having an espresso, again, something I’d never had nor really knew what it was; and a dashing Italian stopping at my table and we of course, fall in love. Ah yes, dreams of a young girl. As I got older, most of those dreams faded away into reality, but the one constant was my going to Venice. Little did I know how long it would take. Nor did I know how intense my emotions would become for this place that I had never been. Continue reading

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Dream Italia – Rome, Day 1

While Rome was not my first choice of places to visit in Italy, I tended to agree with the sentiment; ‘If you are going to Italy, you should see Rome’. So see Rome I did. Well, some of it anyway. One of the reasons that I wasn’t real interested in the city was I knew that it was going to be very busy, congested, loud, crowded, lots of traffic, did I mention lots of people?!?  I am not a crowd type of person. I don’t have the patience for it. Nor do I like feeling as though I am part of a herd of cattle. I don’t like the ‘every man for himself’ concept of pushing and shoving.  I don’t like the rudeness that it brings out in myself as a result of this. I just plain don’t like crowds.

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Dream Italia – The Preparation

I started planning the trip a little over a year before we were to leave. Considering the cost of airfare, it seemed that to only travel to Venice for a week wouldn’t be cost effective. Why not include another stop as well and make it a 2 week trip? But where to go? Of course the Big Three are Rome, Florence and Venice. But I started looking at other locations like Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast, Sicily, Salerno, and The Italian Riviera. Yes, I was all over the map until common sense, logistics and cost won out and it was decided that the Big Three would be the perfect trip. However, I really wasn’t too excited about Rome. It seemed so spread out, so busy, so much traffic, but I would concede to the idea ‘It would be silly to go to Italy and not see Rome.’ I had a feeling that Florence would be more my style but, the real interest for me was Venice.

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Dream Italia – Venezia As Seen From the Water

When you visit Venezia you must take time to appreciate the city from the water. It is after all, a city of islands. Water water everywhere, it is an integral part of Venezia. I found the Gondola is not an easy thing to get into or out of. At least not for me, I am too unsteady on my feet,  I found it to be quite awkward. Depending on the tide, you might be stepping up or stepping down a foot or more. The one time that I rode in one, there was a guy who stood on the “dock” and held out his hand as assistance to get in, and the same thing for getting back out. But that was the extent of the help for anyone in our Gondola – or that I saw on others.  The Gondolier stood in back and verbally directed us where to sit. – but do take a ride at least once.

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Dream Italia – The Food of Venezia

While I unfortunately didn’t have much of an appetite while in Italy, I did sample a few dishes in each city. I still cannot figure out why I wasn’t hungry. That is normally a non-issue for me. I had been looking forward to all of the fantastic, fresh food I’d be eating in my 2 weeks in Italia, but sadly, it just didn’t happen. But that is just one of the many reason for me to return! And this time, with a HUGE appetite 🙂

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Dream Italia – The Afterglow


I returned home 5 days ago. I cannot believe how depressed I am. I knew that it was going to be difficult once I returned home. I just never realized how difficult. I truly feel as though a part of me is missing. I know I left part of my heart as well as my soul, in Venezia. I waited for so long to get there and it seems as though it was over before it even began. It was just a blip on the radar. It already seems so long ago. How can it be over so quickly? Did I really go? It seems so distant. Yes, I have photos that tell me I was there. Yes, I feel a murmur that is the peace and tranquility that I felt while I was there. However it seems so deep down inside of me, that I am having a great deal of difficulty bringing it to the surface to recapture the moments.

Venezia, where are you? Are you still with me? Did you abandon me?

Perhaps you are supposed to stay buried? Perhaps you are meant to flourish and enrich over time? Perhaps you are meant to become more vivid with each passing day? Perhaps you are meant to take each frame as it passes through my memory and emblaze it upon my heart? Perhaps you are to become more nuanced with time? Perhaps you are so deep within my soul so you can never ever escape. Yet are ready to be called upon when I really need you? I don’t know. I just know that right now? I feel empty in so many ways. I feel alone. I feel sad. And yet?
I feel happiness. I feel tranquility. I feel excitement. I feel joy. I feel wonderment. I am awestruck. I feel serenity. I feel calmness.

I feel the happiness when I recall walking down an empty Calle and the smile that came across my face. I feel the tranquility when I remember throwing open my windows in the morning to the quiet canal below. I feel the absolute excitement, joy and wonderment riding the Vaporetto down the Grand Canal for the very first time. I feel the awe as we came around a corner on a Gondola no less! onto the Venetian Lagoon, seeing Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute in all her glory. I feel the serenity as the bright sun shines down between a narrow passageway. I feel the calmness that came over me the first time I walked alone, lost in my thoughts and emotions, down Lunga de San Barnaba.

Yes, Venezia, you are there!  Elusive as ever, always the Temptress! Why did I doubt you? You are there where I need you to be. Safely tucked away deep within me. Encompassing my entire being. Ready to nurture when I need nurturing.  Ready to afford me exquisite euphoria in each passing glimpse.

No one can ever take you away from me. No One. Not Ever.

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