With Travel Photo Thursday bridging Halloween and All Saints Day (also known as All Soul’s Day or Day of the Dead, depending on location and varying in date by a day or two) here are some of our hauntingly beautiful memories of our stay:
While Carnivale is the celebration marking end of Lent each year; a time when party-goers will bring these masks to life, there was something about those sight-less eyes peering out of window displays that gave a ghost-like feel to them. . .
The city is filled with statues of heavenly saints. This one, deformed by time and the elements, gazed with blind eyes on visitors in Venice’s Music Museum. Or was he still able to keep an eye on the visitors like me who aimed their cameras at his weather-worn being?
This skeleton is a modern art installation at the side of the Grand Canal – his sightless gaze as spooky as the saint’s above.
Ever notice how your imagination comes to life in the dark? As our lone footsteps echoed on the walkway we thought we heard the voice of an opera singer. The music seemed to come from someplace above us. . .but from where? It wasn’t recorded, but was it live?
We’d not finished pondering the source of the music when a large rat scurried past me and hurtled into the canal with a corresponding splash – now that one did give me goose pimples!
As we walked along that dark canal route between the restaurant where we ate and our apartment, we came upon another mask shop with these two fellows looking out at us. The song, Music of the Night from the musical, Phantom of the Opera, came to mind:
". . .Open up your mind, let your fantasies unwind
In this darkness that you know you cannot fight
The darkness of the music of the night. . .”
That’s it for Travel Photo Thursday. Head over to Budget Travelers Sandbox for more photos. We’ll get back to more practical matters in the coming week with posts about a new guest chef on the Celebrity ship, a don’t-miss-this-restaurant in Bologna, and who to call for tours there and give you a ‘spritz’ of place in Venice and a taste of KLM’s Business Class Food and Wine Celebration. . .