If I have learned nothing else during this visit to Venice it is this: neither photos nor videos do justice to this city - they do not capture the feel of the air, the smell of the ocean, the light, the energy, the sounds, the frenzy.
I don't know if this man is just out exercising or what but, he sure caught my eye.
A gondolier waiting for a customer. I will never look at a black/white horizontal striped shirt the same again.
It was a slow moment for these gondolas and a good time for this pooch to enjoy the warm sunshine while he waited with his human friend.
The water is choppy with the wind and the power boat wakes on the Grand Canal but the gondolas cruise right along anyway.
This gondola and others at set locations criss-cross the Grand Canal ferrying passengers for a small fee. Very small fee if you are a resident.
This view is in front of the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute looking across the Grand Canal towards the bell tower of San Marco in the distance.
Looking up the Grand Canal from the same location. And yes, all those buildings are standing on millions of wood pilings sunk into the sea floor hundreds of years ago.
The Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute is in the background but, the artwork at left is what captured my attention.
The white marble sculpture had that Michaelangelo kind of quality that just stunned me in its beauty and detail.
This busker sat down in an echoing pedestrian tunnel to sing for his tips - at this moment, a James Taylor song - go figure - not quite what I expected in Venice but, James Taylor tunes are known and loved the world over. And speaking of love........
......it is in the air everywhere in Venice!........
....as the blooming wisteria reaches it's springtime climax.