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Getting Lost in Venice… On Purpose!

For Mini Vacations miniature #20, you can see that I’m still wandering around Venice (and will be for a few more pieces)!

Venice is a very confusing place to wander in IF you like to rely on street maps. There are twists, turns, confusing street signs, nothing’s to scale… I spent most of my first day on my 2007 trip with my head down glued to the map , face scrunched up, trying to figure out where we were. It wasn’t pleasant! By day 2, I knew the map needed to go back in the bag, and my friend and I needed to just walk and let our curiosity guide us.

Venice Canal Beauty

#20 – Venice Canal Beauty – sold

We walked for hours. We reached dead-ends. We were on many streets without tourists. We ate a gelato alongside a quiet canal, no one in sight. We smelled lots of delicious home-cooking wafting out of windows. When we discovered a beautiful street, it felt like we had chanced upon a gem, a little-known secret gem. Like the canal street used for this piece. Even with the plastic covering and scaffolding on the building at the end of the calle, it still looked like a fairy tale. Even when a man came out of one of those fairy tale buildings in a business suit with a briefcase, likely on his way to work, we joked it could have been James Bond!

Our feet eventually gave up, aperitivo time beckoned, and finally the street map come out of my bag. In retrospect, it was so much fun getting lost that day, but unfortunately, I have no idea where this beautiful canal street is!

Venice Canal Beauty in progress

Venice Canal Beauty in progress


(This piece is sold but visit my Etsy store, ArtWeWonderful, for more Mini Vacations originals.)

5 replies »

    • Hi Sheryl: I’m missing Italy too. Sometimes painting an Italian scene is enough to quiet the longing temporarily, but sometimes it just makes the longing stronger! Oh well!

    • Glad you liked the piece, Janina! It’s great to be in a place long enough where “getting lost” can be a part of the experience, rather than dashing from one sight to another on an agenda. And there needs to be sketching time, too, so I find I’m travelling much less ambitiously these days. What about you?

      • Me, I’m the kinda traveller who prefers to stay in a place for a period, so that I can have that leisurely pace to explore and enjoy whatever comes along. I don’t like to rush! Of course, you need to sketch, and I need to photograph, so, yes, we do need time to do that. My travels these days are limited to the city and some regular suburbs I visit, and the occasional tram ride to the end of the line…I enjoy that as I can look out the window to see what’s changed. 🙂

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