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In early September we will return to Venice for another three days, staying at the same delightful hotel we chose last time, Ca’ Angeli, on the Grand Canal.  I like to research places on our route and how best to use our time, and as luck would have it, I came across a beautiful and informative blog, La Venessiana, which has utterly refuelled my desire to be back in the city that so captured my heart on our first visit …

The writer Iris, and her Venetian grandmother Lina have hit upon an enticing recipe for their blog, including good photography, food writing, and very useful local knowledge. The first post that caught my eye was something dear to my heart – early morning coffee, so I was delighted to get some ideas on where to go for a good coffee fix, featured in the post Nice, new and trendy cafes in Venice.

Having devoured the cafe post, I continued to delve into other posts, and came upon a link to a magical and mesmerising video of Venice (and in particular the Piazza San Marco). On our previous visit we had arisen at 7am on the second day, (as Rick Steves advised), having experienced the tourist crush in the Piazza the day before. In the watery morning sun, we wandered over the deserted Rialto Bridge and along several empty calli, until we reached the famous Piazza, and were amazed to see it was virtually empty. It was quite an uplifting experience, taking everything in at our own pace and not being swept along with a crowd.

The Venizavion video Iris refers to in her post shows the Square in a similar state, and with the clever drone photography it makes for stunning viewing. If you have a few spare minutes, take a look and let it wash over you – it is a treat. Even better, by serendipity, I found the Venizavion 2 video which has a beautiful soundtrack, including  Our Love is Easy , one of my favourite songs by the beautiful and talented Melody Gardot. As you can imagine, the goosebumps got bigger while I watched and listened.

It is people like Iris, Lina and the creator of the videos, Jean-Claude Julien who inspire when they take the time to share their knowledge and creative talents, and as a traveller I thank them for their generosity.

Regarding Venice in the morning, I can attest to the delight you experience if you get to the Piazza at 7am – see for yourself how good it can be not having to be part of the urgent hustle and bustle in the middle of the day – I can’t wait to be back there, just a little bit wiser, thanks to Iris, Lina and Jean-Claude ……