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Venice seen from the deck of the Ocean Majesty

My tale from the cruise

Whoever is not Venetian dreams the city. And anyone who is its lover dreams it more.

I belong to the latter group. So when the cruise ship Ocean Majesty approached the lagoon, the Captain invited me on the bridge to watch our entry into the Serenissima. The sun had just risen and a rosy colour spread around us while we crossed over so slowly, so quietly, immersed in a dreamy atmosphere.  

Venice Dogana da Mar 2Beauty was unfolding at its own gentle pace and, as the elegant, classic vessel floated past, the first green tiny islands began to appear as a forerunner of the spectacle that awaited us. Enchanted I looked around me and I felt my heart flutter when the first familiar noises of the lagoon began to break the silence. It was all sorts of boats with their characteristic rumbling which, from the bridge, looked like marionettes.

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It was the most beautiful spectacle on Earth and everyone on the Ocean Majesty was looking to see. And Venice offered it to us, as it had its visitors for centuries. It’s the only way to truly feel its uniqueness and, as I looked up at the top deck, I saw the passengers to contemplating the view like children, as if someone was telling them a tale which they could see unfold before them.


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All spellbound and speechless, we let the Queen of the Seas talk to us. From its Arsenal, that we had just passed, the Doge's Palace with its lace-like facade, Saint Mark’s Basilica at the back of the Piazzetta, the Marciana Library with its Renaissance architecture and finally the entrance of the Grand Canal with the palazzi of its noble-merchants that seemed to emerge from the water while the heavy baroque-style Church della Salute on the opposite side towered impressively behind the sharp shape of the Dogana da Mar (old Customs building).


Venice Towards the dock

We passed by these famous monuments of Art so slowly and so silently in the rosy hue of that early morning, leaving the dream of this miracle-city to unfold before us until the Ocean Majesty moored at the dock.

It was a sublime gift that Venice gave to us as it passed before our eyes.

Wednesday, September 23rd 2015

Images: The cruise ship Ocean Majesty

           The Doge's Palace

            Entrance of the Grand Canal

            Towards the dock

OM cover small EN8The e-book Cruising on the Ocean Majesty, illustrated with colour images, is also published in German. It is available on:

Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B3FKLZO

Kobo Books: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/cruising-on-the-ocean-majesty

Google Play Books: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=cKZxCwAAQBAJ

Apple iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1078747437

YouTube Book Trailer Cruising on the OCEAN MAJESTY: https://youtu.be/BsUTvCaWRq4

 

Venice cover small EN4The e-book My Venice, illustrated with colour images, is available on:

Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MNZTZPG

Kobo Books: http://store.kobobooks.com/ebook/my-venice

Google Play Books: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=xa2mBQAAQBAJ

Apple iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/my-venice/id955524005?ls=1&mt=11

YouTube Book Trailer My Venice: http://youtu.be/vsXT9aluhfk

 

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