At , almost sun-set, on an icy but crystal clear winters afternoon I was interrupted in my quiet reading by Astrid, our mini schnauzer, who suddenly began to growl her âI spy strangersâ alarm. On nipping to the balcony I was just in time to see four sleek black boats drifting in formation â each one accommodating a well wrapped up couple. In one an accordionist and a tenor standing in the bows were serenading their audience as the gondolas progressed down the Grande Canal
For I was in Venice and in what other place in the world would such a beautiful and romantic event occur and not seem at best out of place and at worst tackily touristy. But here is seemed like the most normal of mid-winter pastimes.
This web guide is partial in all senses of the word. That is I will leave a lot out, but what I do include will be there because I have personally found it to be interesting. Sometimes I will draw your attention to the history or to great art and architecture. But unlike many writers I am just as interested in the modern Venice
A tourist visiting any city will tend to be directed to its history â and in Venice
For in spite of being an historic city which welcomes countless tourists all year round, Venice