Venice…ying and yang.

Truman Capote, author of ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ once said, “Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.

If you have ever come close to doing so, you will also recall that not only is it a heady feeling, it is one which leaves you intoxicated long after the natural effects should have dissipated.

Here’s a heady Venice for you, in the timeless colours of black and white, like ying and yang.

With 12 centuries worth of stories, the St. Marks Basilica has more history in its arches than many famous monuments put together. Photos of the busy square at the Basilica and most others in this photo essay have been taken at 6 am in the morning to capture the cirrus sky as well as the plentiful peace.

You don’t need to be a history buff to enjoy the St. Marks Square. However, there is no guarantee that the square won’t turn you into a history buff : ) .

The clock tower can easily be spotted from the water as you head towards the St. Marks Square from other parts of Venice. Recently reconstructed (well 100 years is recent enough), the clock tower is one that is likely to feature on many Venice selfies!

Zattare, the place to go to watch the sunset. One that would move you, love you, question you and leave you exhausted even without having said a word. The sunset that is.

With open skies that speak to your heart, open waters that embrace you and a sunset that mesmerises you to tears.

The serpentine canals of Venice are brought to life with the gondolas, you will want to be with your loved one to experience this, let no disillusioned tourist tell you otherwise.

Though Murano is famous for its glass blowing factories, it’s the lighthouse that reminds me of the words by Chris Isaak….rivers on fire, no one can save me but you…strange what desire will make foolish people do.

Venice not only evokes a deep sense of desire, it can also inspire the wish to disconnect with the worlds that we live in.

“All things that are, are with more spirit chased than enjoy’d.” Wise words by William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice and one which is validated by the small streets full of shoppers peering into an array of artistic goods, each one of which deserves a place on the mantle!

Arrivederci amore mio!

I never thought I could fall in love with a city. That too on water. One which stands proud in diversity. One which suffers in silence. And yet, one that is beatific. Even in its sadness. And more so in its resilience. Venice, you bring out the best in me. I love you, now and forever.

Notes: Photos taken with an iPhone iOS 6 with native filter Noir and limited use of Snapseed filters.