Late Night Laundry – Venice, Italy – Somewhere In Time Weekly Travel Photo.
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The next time I go to Venice I plan on being a vampire and sleeping my days away so I can wander the streets at night. I fell head over heels with Venice during the first evening I spent walking her streets – that was all it took. Of course Venice is beautiful day or night but the daylight hours bring hoards of people cramming the streets, stifling heat, sour moods & plenty of bad restaurants to dine at.
But at night, everything changes. The tourists tuck into their beds early, ready to make the most of the next day. The lousy restaurants seem to shut down and the night air is just cool enough to make you completely forget about the weather and any sort of foul mood you felt when you were lost, hot & hungry just a few hours earlier.
Venice during the day is attractive and intriguing but Venice at night is sultry, seductive and utterly irresistible.
One night we ended up staying out quite late walking the streets. We hadn’t necessarily planned on it but we fell more and more in love with each step. We just kept wandering down this alley or that, wondering what was over the next bridge until we were so hopelessly enamored that we didn’t even notice we were completely lost. It took hours to find our way back.
Every turn brought some sort of new sensory overload. In one square we ran into a group of young kids playing soccer around 12am. A different square brought the laughter and murmured voices of friends & family chatting over dinner and wine – their smiles contagious. A stroll down another alley brought the auditory sensation of a restaurant cleaning dishes, putting away chairs and clanging utensils. It seemed that I heard them cleaning for miles before I even could spot the place. And in between it all was the calming sound of water lapping through the canals and the buzz of distant boats headed home. Put it all together and you cannot image a better soundtrack for walking the charming streets of Venice.
Then there is the laundry. Hanging between buildings that are hundreds of years old, hangs the laundry of the modern family – socks, dresses, pants, underwear, bras & children’s clothing. It barely sways in the non-existent breeze and it fills the space in a way that makes you realize without it Venice would seem incomplete. It would feel like something was missing but you would never be able to put your finger on exactly what it was.
Besides experiencing the best cappuccino of my life, Venice will always be remembered in my mind as the land of the late night laundry. This sounds strange but I want to go back to Venice just so I can spend more time there at night taking photos of the hanging laundry. Even thought I did take a lot photos in Venice, looking back I was so in love with the city that it felt like I was walking around in a bit of a haze.
Walking in Venice at night is a bit like being drunk and in love – in a good way.
I think everyone knows what I am talking about – the world is so perfect & beautiful right at that moment that when you look back on it later you can’t exactly remember it clearly. It was so good you ended up in a daze with little use for words. Yup, that’s Venice in a nutshell – at least during the late night evening hours.
Just remember when you visit plan on wandering around at after dark. Venice is a completely different town when the sun goes down.
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