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Dancing in the rain ..


Venice , Italy

Imagine a beautiful old canal with sea green water.Building facades weathering on both sides. A small bridge in between.

IMG_8919In this romantic atmosphere ,place a few curiously shaped black gondolas with ultramarine blue covers , being poled by straw hatted gondoliers .


IMG_9029Walk over the  Rialto Bridge , overlooking the Grand canal.


IMG_8751Check out the sides of the Mercerie (walkway) ,lined with an assortment of shops ,restaurants ,boutiques and souvenir stalls.

Let’s now slowly move towards St Marco’s square.Imagine a row of gondolas anchored at the warmly colored Piazza San Marco. Next to the anchored gondolas, stand pink rose tinted gas lamps.



In the distance the setting sun puts the entire piazza ablaze .A gentle wake is left behind by the vaporettos (waterbuses) as they head into the unknown of the Adriatic sea.Dusk embraces the sky and leaves behind subtle reflections in the water.



IMG_8750IMG_8776This is a typical day in Venice – a day every romantic dreams of.

I headed to the hostel and crashed early that evening. “ Tomorrow is the day ”,I told myself.I was oh ! so ready to experience my Venetian dream , to explore this city of sublime love!

I tossed and turned in sleep and woke up to the pitter patter of rain on my window.Peaked through the window and saw rain droplets falling in the green canal under.”Perfect weather to spice up some Venetian romance ! ”, I smiled at the thought.Fixed myself breakfast and headed out. Soon I heard a siren go off.I didn’t quite understand what it was.All activities around me were just so normal. Bakeries were still open serving breakfast .Shops weren’t quite open yet but I wouldn’t expect them to start their business this early either.Elevated platforms were laid out for people to walk on.I was impressed by the pre planning the Venetians had in place .It seemed like a daily affair to me.Something they had been living with for ages ,something that was so tied into their system that it didn’t look out of place or absurd.

IMG_8891As I reached Piazza San Marco ,water levels had almost reached the platform .Flocks of tourists queued up in their ponchos and rain boots as they walked on these wooden elevations.They didn’t seem to be put off by the rain. Nothing in the Piazza resisted the rain,no one cribbed , none complained. The covered colonnades around St Mark’s Square had become a refuge and gathering point for hundreds of bright waterproof-clad tour groups.The flooding didn’t seem to perturb anyone.Street vendors were very casually selling plastic boot covers as if it were their primary source of earning.Without doubt , everything looked chaotic but still was charmingly coherent.All of this seemed very matter of fact.



The weather no matter how inclement couldn’t get me down either.I closed my umbrella to feel the rain drops on my face,let the water make way into my shoes and soak my feet wet.Then ,I found a spot at a nearby cafe and sat there with my coffee observing Venice . She looked twice as romantic with foreboding grey skies , with the pink and white marble facade of Doge’s palace having grown even deeper and richer , with the row of anchored black gondolas slightly swaying side by side.I sat there watching friends riotously laughing with one another , siblings mischievously teasing each other,parents caringly looking out for their kids,couples lovingly  gazing into each others eyes.I sat there as Venice drenched .I sat there as Venice soaked. I sat there as Venice danced  ..Danced in the rain ….





  1. Reading your blogs makes one feel as though they were there experiencing the feeling with you.. You describe the rain so well that I felt as though it was raining on my face

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  2. A trip to remember for sure. We spent a week in Venice a number of years ago, actually we stayed on an island we had to take the taxi out to but I don’t remember which for sure. We went to one of the glass blowing places on a day trip and still have a set of crystal we had sent back to the U.S. Lucky for us we did not have the rising water you had.


  3. How did you manage to get so many photos with so few tourists? I have heard that Venice is packed with people year round


  4. These photos are amazing! I visited Venice years ago before I was so into food or wine so I’d love to go back- I think this would be a completely different trip!


  5. “Dancing in the rain” – very interesting article. Lovely pictures of Venice. You had a great time even in the rain and that is so wonderful 🙂


  6. Venice looks incredible! I have never been, but I want to go some day! The canals, the masks, all of it is stunning. And you even had fun in the rain!


  7. In texas, we have a mini venice. The place is called riverwalk and its jsut 60 mins drive from my home in Austin. Your post has made me feel very nostalgic and to add to that feeling, its raining heavily in Austin right now! So time to Dance!


  8. Beautifully captured, and so romantic too -I DO love Venice and I need to go back there in 2016, hopefully – I LOVED all of your photos, they brought the city alive. Karen


  9. Venice is one of my favorite place I’ve ever set foot in! It’s such different from all of the others cities in Italy, and I’ve traveled across Italy, and I’ve been so pleased with the places and the people there. Everything is grandiose there! Your photos look incredible! x


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