Wednesday, 18 June 2014

in the venetian lagoon. June, Monday 2nd

we read on the local newspaper that a flock of pink flamingos had arrived to the venetian lagoon, and was staying somewhere over there, near a place called Lio Piccolo. we've actually never heard of the place. like many people, when i think about the venetian lagoon, my thoughts go to Venice, the main island, or to Murano, Burano, Mazzorbo, la Giudecca {for italian readers, a post about la Giudecca here}, il Lido, the smaller but globally known islands, that can be reached with a quick vaporetto {water bus} ride from Venice. but the lagoon is much more bigger than that. there is a whole world made by greens, yellows, blues, birds songs and poetry that stands between the coast and the islands, and we have never explored before. the pink flamingos news was the flea in our ears that made us take the lambretta and ride towards the sea.



we didn't see the flamingos, but the scenery was like that



how to explain the complexity of the lagoon? as i usually do, i tried to draw a simple map, but this time i feel like it is not enough, so i found a more detailed map. at the top left, you can see the fish-shaped Venice. the lighter blue stands for 0 to 1 and 1 to 2 metres mean sea level, and the green indicates the saltmarshes. 


we drove until we could, then we went through the saltmarches by foot, walking on narrow paths flanked with water and reeds. we almost felt like we were advancing into the waters.
it was amazing. we met lonely houses, old drawbridges and so many kinds of birds. it is fascinating to take a look on how the entire lagoon would look like, if the dream that we call Venice was never realized.



some rusty bridges that were used to connect the banks were still there. 
most of the houses were empty, but the inhabited ones were lovely decorated, with flowers and well groomed gardens.






for more info {italian & english} the official venice lagoon tourism website illustrates Lio Piccolo's amenities here

24 comments:

  1. te l'avrò già detto, ma lo ripeto.
    Adoro l'atmosfera vintage che si respira da te!

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    1. grazie manuela (e ben tornata dal Nuovo Mondo), che posso dire... è il rullino che è magico...

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  2. Ciao Silvia!
    Ci sono stata in inverno a Lio Piccolo, quando la laguna era coperta da un velo di ghiaccio... Uno spettacolo molto bello e particolare!
    Bellissime foto! :-)

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    1. ciao vale, grazie! anche con ghiaccio e nebbiolina deve essere uno scenario particolare, tornerò ;)

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  3. What a beautiful place! Would love to go there one day! Great pictures with the colours of summer!

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    1. thank you dear, i hope you will, it's really near Venice

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  4. uau, what a dreamy nostalgic place Silvia :)

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    1. thank you! the contrast between the empty houses and the teeming life of birds was vivid and interesting

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  5. Oh, these are magnificent! Such lovely warm tones!

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    1. thank you dear polly! the light really suited the landscape that day.

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  6. i loved the first and the last photo most. i wish last one was my house (in summer) :p

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  7. What a marvellous day out! Unbeatable colours, as usual.

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    1. thank you antonella! i was worried about the colors because this time i used kodak and not fuji as usual, but in the end the results are nice, aren't they

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  8. Adoro il tuo (vostro) modo di rendere unico ogni luogo visitato!!
    Saluti.
    Cosimo.

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  9. I wish I could walk past a view like the last photograph on one of my walks! ♥

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  10. So poetic ❤
    I hope i can see the place for myself someday.

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    1. that will be great, evelyn! have you ever been to Venice?

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  11. these photos are so wonderful ♥♥♥
    that last house stole my heart, wish i could live there!

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  12. too bad you did not see the flamingos, but the photos turned out amazing! and the little drawing of yours. so cute!

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    1. thank you kasia, glad you like the drawings!
      we knew that catching a glimpse on the flamingos was a long shot, but the place deserved a visit anyway :)

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