No this isn’t the title of my new spy novel. And sadly, no, I don’t have a spy novel, new or otherwise. But I did recently return from one of the most fascinating cities in the world—Venice. It’s a city of bridges, boats, canals, and cool historic architecture. We toured The Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. We rode gondolas, got lost, and ate great food. And we sweated. A lot.
It was seriously hot. So hot, in fact, that I recommend you visit Venice in the spring or fall, never in the summer. What must it have been like being in Venice centuries ago during a heat wave? I can imagine living there during the heyday of their republic. If I were a noblewoman, I would have probably stayed in my room being fanned by servants. Or maybe I would have decamped to northern France. If I were a pauper, I would have spent time floating around in the canal or searching for some other method to cool down.
No matter how hot, being there made me want to go back over books that are set in Venice such as Cornelia Funke’s The Thief Lord and Pat Lowry Collins’s Hidden Voices, reviewed by Jennifer HERE.
I took these photos with my iPhone so please excuse the quality and camera angles. No zoom or wide angle lens makes for lots of upward shots. Hope you enjoy them!