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Posted on: October 13, 2008 at 12:50AMI post this tip here about Venice because that's where I stumbled upon something magical, but it can work anywhere. Thanks to jetlag, I awoke before dawn one morning in Venice, Italy. Unable to return to sleep, I decided to get up with the sun and wander around town until a cafe opened. But what this magnificent city was about to offer was unexpected. As I crossed the Accademia Bridge en route to San Marcos Square, I first noticed the still silence. Then I realized it - I was alone with the city. The canals and bridges, the stunning architecture, the web of walkways were all mine! Even the early morning light was perfect for taking photos, with bright colors and long, dramatic shadows. Every corner yielded yet another glorious shot - brilliant colors illuminated by rays of sunlight, open windows flanked by green shutters, window boxes spilling over with blooming flowers. I continued meandering my way thru a morning never to be forgotten, until the aroma of fresh-brewing coffee led me to the nearest café. As I sat sipping my cappucino, I felt deeply rewarded for something I hadn’t even planned or asked for. Although this extraordinary moment of savoring Venice to myself lasted hardly an hour before Venetian life awakened, it remains an absolute favorite travel highlight. So wake up with the dawn and see the town. This works anywhere. report a problem
Posted on: October 25, 2008 at 3:26PMWhat a glorious discovery....and what a wonderful A-ha moment to share with others...travelers or not. Yes...Venice is one of those breathtakingly unique places in the world. It is a city filled with wonderment and suprise around every corner; especially in the silence of the early morning before the bustle begins. However, one's awareness and willingness for discovery is heightened when one's perspective is changed. Take time to enjoy your surroundings... wherever you are right now. Travel and "Be" in that moment Presently. It is a continued reminder to us all.