The Tourist Trap


Loved the old mosaics pointing the way on the streets of Venice, although in the future they may be pointing to the exit for tourists.
Having enjoyed a week touring the old streets I feel a bit bad after reading the New Yorkers’ article on how much misery we bring to people on our travels.

I can’t help but wonder what happens if you suddenly turn away tourists, especially when you’re relying on them paying 100 euros for a half hour gondola ride. Don’t forget the 30 second photo opportunity with two women in Disney dresses for 20 euros!
I’m also curious as to where the people that complain about tourists take their own holidays without they themselves becoming tourists?

Anyhow Venice is a great place and if you haven’t you should visit before you’re locked out!


I should really have written down the location of these photos or get a new camera with GPS. Below was walking away from the Jewish ghetto which was surprisingly empty of tourists and had a nice little photography exhibition.


This one below is from Doge’s Palace, it’s all starting to come back to me now.


Reflection Killer


Restoration work going on in Doge’s Palace. Persues eyes up Adam whilst Eve lurks in the background.
You can’t see it because I didn’t photograph it but if you’re ever in the palace you can amaze people by pointing out that the Medusa on his shield is actually a reflection and that’s how he was able to kill without turning to stone. . . which he is now.

Winged sandals, invisibility cloaks and head with snakes. All sounds like a myth to me.

The Colourful World Of Burano


We left Venice for a day and took a tour on the nearby islands the second stop was Burano with its little coloured houses.
They were all painted different colours so that in olden times fishermen could see their houses when they were coming back from sea.
Turned out not to be the greatest day for our adventure on the high seas, at least we didn’t get sunburnt.


Bianco e Nero


More from Venice and there will probably be more from Venice to come. A while back I was looking at the photographs of Josef Koudelka which led to me stumbling across the works of an Italian photographer, his name I can no longer remember. Anyway he had shot a lot of work in Venice may even have been from Venice himself, it was all in black and white and I think it’s the kind of city with it’s little alleyways and courtyards that look fantastic in black and white.


Impossible not to take a photo of a water when you’re on a city surrounded by the stuff.


St Mark’s Square shot for around 10 seconds. I was tripodless on the trip so I made do with whatever was flat and sturdy.
Below I found flat and sturdy but messed up the focusing and with being on one of the busiest bridges in Venice you don’t get a lot of time to be messing around to get the perfect shot.


Books On Venice


First break of the year and a return to Italian land that is sometimes prone to a little acqua alta. That’s right we’re in sunnyish Venice for a week of walking all over the island like a pair of deranged pirates looking for their forgotten treasure.
We found plenty treasures one of which was this cracking little book store that is absolutely crammed with everything on any subject. There’s books in a gondola, books in bathtubs and at the back the famous book staircase.
UK health and safety would have the place shut down.

There’s a couple of cats that reside in the store too, even have their own little postcard collection.


If you’re nipping off to Venice any time soon the bookstore can be found at this LINK
Once you’ve been in there and if the time is right I suggest heading back towards Campo Santa Maria Formosa.
Take a left down Ruga Giuffa and stopping for some food at Trattoria Agli Artisti Pizzeria where we had an excellent seafood spaghetti.

Stumble Bumble


If I’d known then what I know now I’d have gotten all the bees in the image.
This is a plaque on the bottom of the Ferdinando I statue in the piazza Santissima Annunziata, Florence.
The circle of bees facing the queen represent the industrious Florentines ruled by the grand duke.

Apparently local legend says it’s impossible to count the bees using only your eyes, no pointing or touching you cheaters. Good fortunes is said to find the person that can count the correct number whereas bad fortune follows those that are a bit sneaky in how they came to the correct number. You’ve been warned!

Turns out I did grab all the bees in a photo. Good luck counting and remember no cheating.


Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence

Stadio Artemio Franchi-Edit

Back to Florence for a wee walk around the Viola’s stadium you can see the name above, three photos stitched together.
When it was first opened it was named after a Florentine fascist Giovanni Berta although it was also nicknamed “Comunale”
Opened in 1931 construction was completed in 1932 the architect Pier Luigi Nervi was also the man behind the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican.

Stadio Artemio Franchi

Tower of Marathon

Above the 230 foot Tower of Marathon. The stadium itself is built entirely of reinforced concrete. A decent looking stadium although it looks like they’re hoping to move to a brand new stadium. The Italian football season kicked off whilst we were in Florence I was hoping for an opening home match but Fiorentina travelled away to the San Siro and Inter.

Stadio Artemio Franchi

Nice to cross another Italian stadium of the list could have included Sienna’s ground but didn’t even bother to check its location, I was bit gutted when I found out it was basically across the road from where the buses stop.