We are back home now and sifting through our photos from Venice and we are trying to give out a flavour of Venice. A number of themes jumped out at us while we were there that seem to reflect the essence of this magical city. “Lovers”, was our first theme which we have blogged already but we have a “Street” theme and a “Cityscape” theme to follow. As themes the last two when they appear are pretty self explanatory but another theme that kept on leaping out at us as we explored the narrow streets and canals was what we have called “Textures”. Venice is a city built on shifting sand, it is built on stilts. Brick is used a lot which is porous and light in weight and a stucco finish is often seen. Much of this is damaged by weather and water and the result is the most wonderful example of faded grandeur on the face of the planet. I wrote about this in our holiday diary too – that the whole place nonetheless looks cared for and is clean and tidy. My Auntie Vera has scrubbed all the brickwork from top to bottom from one end of town to t’other! This legitimises the decay, it takes it out of the realms of the slum and elevates it to a unique splendour. To our eyes we see beauty in all the photographs in this set and it captures a side of Venice that we loved, adored and were fascinated by.