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Top Ten in the “Italian Architecture” challenge in Italy and All Things Italian December 23, 2009.
Top Ten in the “Post Card Europe” challenge in a Europe! challenge July 29, 2009.
Featured in _FEATURED ONLY! July 19, 2009.
Featured in Friends of Bangor and North Down Camera Club, Northern Ireland July 11, 2009.
Featured in The Compact Group May 30, 2009.
Featured in Unique Buildings Of The World May 22, 2009.
Featured in Italy and All Things Italian May 21, 2009.
Featured in Which Way? May 21, 2009.

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One of my favorite images from Venice … which reminds me of our gondola ride the evening before. Just the thought of it will always bring a smile.

We left from the center of town with a group of about 20 other couples from the ship. As we pulled away, each couple with their own individual gondola, we overheard that another of the couples, lovely young newlyweds, had been given an accordion player and a singer for the evening as a wedding present. I remember trying not to roll my eyes. As we were rowed through the “streets” … above … each of the gondoliers passed out bottles of Asti Spumanti and paper cups to their patrons. Soon the singer and the accordion player began to serenade the newlyweds, and the rest of us as well. And as the delicious fruit of the vines began to do its happy work, Venice opened her arms to us all. By the time we made it to the Grand Canal, we were all singing along at the tops of our voices. The gondoliers performed some magic with their magnificent, gleaming black boats, forming a fan shape and then a starburst with them all … one never touching the other. It must have been an extraordinary sight from the upper floors of the beautiful old dwellings lining the canal. I know it took our breath away!!

A little Mario Lanza, anyone?? Enjoy and dream!!
O Sole Mio … oh, sing along … you know you want to!!!

Image taken with my little Olympus C-5000Z point and shoot. Post processing included hdr from a hand-held single image in Photomatix Pro, at +/- 2 1/2, Orton in Photoshop, and some touch up of the flowers in Corel Paint 11 with the Wacom Intuos 4 tablet.


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  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 5 years ago

    A really beautiful shot Lois . x

  • thank you, Irene!!!! It’s a beautiful city!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Peaches1950
    Peaches1950over 5 years ago

    Oh so very beautiful! … Magical setting! ….. Magical place! ….. a Dream Vacation! ….. great shot, fantastic post processing.

  • Hi Peaches!!!!!!! Thank you sooooo much .. it is a magical, magical place!!! And it was indeed a dream-come-true vacation!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Dmarie Frankulin
    Dmarie Frankulinover 5 years ago

    as soon as I saw it, I knew it was yours!!! Another gorgeous piece…well done once again friend…beautiful… :-)

  • Oh, bless your heart!!! What a lovely thing to say!!!! Thank you!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Wanda Raines
    Wanda Rainesover 5 years ago


  • Thank you, darlin’!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Debbie Roelle
    Debbie Roelleover 5 years ago

    Wow, this is such an amazing capture, I love the colors, the tones, softness. Beautiful job, Lois

  • Hi Debbie!!!! Thank you so much!!!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Clark Thompson
    Clark Thompsonover 5 years ago

    B E L L I S I M O !

  • … laughing!!! YAY!!!! Thank you, sweetie!!! Didja listen to Mario? Didja Didja??

    – Lois Bryan

  • Clark Thompson
    Clark Thompsonover 5 years ago

    “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie… thats amore!”

  • I ALMOST put that one in, Dean Martin, instead!!!!! I had it, in fact … but Mario … ahhhhhh … Mario stole my heart when I was a very little girl … so had to use him instead!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 5 years ago

    Ahhh, Venice! O sole mio. Wonderful colorful scene, and fantastic treatment. Beautiful work, Lois!

  • Barbara, i’m smiling ear to ear … you must be a Mario Lanza fan as well??? Thanks for visiting, sweetie … uhoh .. past 1:00 am here … must fun!!!! Have a great day tomorrow!!! Hugzzz!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Blaze66
    Blaze66over 5 years ago

    This is gorgeous! Great capture!

  • Hi Blaze!!! Thank you!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • sunshine0
    sunshine0over 5 years ago

    Beautiful image and love the orton effect!

  • Hi Marie!!! Thank you, sweetie!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

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