“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” -Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad
When my family and I moved to Prague, Czech Republic, five and a half years ago, we brought with us a few new essential electronics. One of those items was a new laptop. I knew I’d need it for writing (my previous one was a dinosaur), and for keeping the photographs I hoped I’d capture during our time in Europe.
What I didn’t plan for was that new laptop crashing with a dead hard drive six months after we arrived and another nine months after that. Although I backed my writing up almost hourly, my photo backups weren’t as regular. As a result, I lost a lot of photographs.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working hard on a new writing project — a memoir of the stories and travels from my time in Prague. I hope to combine some of my favorite photographs into the project, as well, so that it might be a full-color book, filled with the outer journey of living in a former Soviet bloc country and traveling to twenty-three countries, paralleled by the inner journey from who I was before and during the four years in Prague to who I am now. I’m very excited about it.
In the process of digging through my collection of data giga-banks, I discovered a whole six months worth of photographs that I previously thought I had lost. Some of them: from Venice, Italy — one of my favorite places on earth.
To celebrate, I want to share them here with you …
10 Favorite Photos of Venice, Italy
We visited Venice also when the weather was beautiful and sunny (link to photos here), which, like magic, turned the water and the canals the purest blue. But, as you can see in the photographs above, gloomy skies turn the water a moody gray, which to me, might be even more enchanting. What do you think?
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