If all goes according to plan, I’ll be on my way to Venice as you’re reading this. It will be my first time in Italy. At my grand old age, I feel it might sound a bit odd especially for someone who’d been living on the continent for so long. But Italy never really appealed to me, until a few years ago. And as for Venice, I used to see it as a naff Disneyland for cheesy couples.
I can’t really pinpoint when I started taking an interest in Italy but I do remember when my vision of Venice veered (take that alliteration, it’s a freebie).
It was about 5 years ago when I first watched the TV adaptation of Brideshead Revisited (one of my favourite series and favourite books if you’re interested). Venice looked so serene and mythical, especially through the bewitched eyes of Charles Ryder. I hope that I will feel just as enthralled today. I will be sure to report but first here are the things I’m looking forward the most for this trip.
– Visiting lots and lots of palazzi; I’ve mentioned it many times before but ever since I watched Sofia Coppola’s Marie-Antoinette, I have rococo on the brain. I can’t quite explain the pleasure I feel, trying to get the right shade of gold when I edit pictures of gaudy interiors.
– Instagramming; speaking of taking pictures, it will be my first time travelling abroad since opening my account so I’m really keen to document this trip on Instagram. I’ve been super inspired by the account of neumarc, psychodreaming and sky mcalpine to name a few local grammers.
– Artichokes; they seem to be everywhere in Venice which excites me to no end. They’re really hard to track down here in Dublin (does anybody know why?) so I’m planning to eat them until I roll into the closest canal. Now, how does one say carciofi?
– The Divine Marchesa Exhibition; this exhibition is dedicated to Luisa Casati, a muse to many artists in the beginning of the 20th century. Her portraits are extremely haunting and her lifestyle sounded so extravagant. I mean, pet leopards?!
– Getting lost; apparently it is the only way to experience Venice. Sounds good to me!