Venice – Grand Canal at Night

Grand Canal with Santa Maria della Salute church at night from Accademia bridge, Venice, Italy
Grand Canal with Santa Maria della Salute church at night from Accademia bridge, Venice, Italy

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

– Erica Jong

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Fire Exit Venetian Style

I love fun and easy solutions. In Venice, in the Libreria Acqua Alta bookshop, the fire escape is simply a door that leads directly into a canal.

I love easy and obvious solutions. In Venice, in the Acqua Alta bookshop, the fire escape is simply a door that leads directly into a canal, Venezia, Italy

Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, Leggiuno, Varese, Lombardy, Italy

Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso

To get there I had to step down a long, winding and tiring stairway. But once I got down, I was rewarded by one of the most fascinating views on the Lombardy side of Lake Maggiore, Italy. Perched in the rock, a few meters above the water, two ancient buildings and a church form the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso. The sight was definitely worth the many steps. However, for those who need it there is also an elevator, also carved into the rock, but much more recent. Read more