Venice ~ Love at First Sight


“To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself, but to build there one of the most elegant and grandest of cities is the madness of genius.” 
~ Alexander Herzen



“At the bridge I stood
lately in the brown night.
From afar came a song:
as a golden drop it welled
over the quivering surface.
Gondolas, lights, and music —
drunken it swam out into the twilight.

My soul, a stringed instrument,
sang to itself, invisibly touched,
a secret gondola song,
quivering with iridescent happiness.
— Did anyone listen to it?”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche


“It is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone.” 
Erica Jon


“A realist, in Venice, would become a romantic by mere faithfulness to what he saw before him.”  
~ Arthur Symons.


Have you ever been to Venice? 
Is it on your travel bucket list? 





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