May 20, 2008

21+1 Photography Podcasts & the Bridge of Sighs

I love Google Alerts! Every day it fills my mailbox with interesting things. My favorite pick this morning is 21+1 Photography Podcasts That Will Inspire You by Martin Gommel.

Oh yes, and about the picture above, I took it on our first evening in Venice a few summers ago. As soon as we checked into our hotel, we took vaporetto rides to the Piazza San Marco and walked around. Of course, the Bridge of Sighs is a visit not to be missed when in Venice. There were so many tourists crowding around that one spot on the canal, all waiting for their turn to ride the gondolas or take pictures. I was one!

For those of you who love history, the Bridge of Sighs was designed by Antoni Contino (his uncle also designed the famous Rialto Bridge in Venice) and built between 1600 and 1603. It connects the old prisons to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace. Local legend is that lovers will be assured eternal love if they kiss on a gondola at sunset under this bridge. Watch the 1979 film A Little Romance and you'll see! ;)

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