"Gargoyles & Graffiti"chronicles architectural elements that I find interesting or unique in my travels. Gargoyles are my passion, but today graffiti (which I hate but am learning to love as it is everywhere) is as much a part of architecture as the gargoyles and decorative railings that thrill me.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Down the Grand Canal from Venice Wow Wow Wow

Leaving Venice on the Zuiderdam
I have to say that leaving Venice via the Grand Canal was one of the most thrilling moments of my life. I arrived on Venice a few years back around 4am and slept right through it. I was super sad I didn't wake up in time, but at that time of morning I can't imagine it would compare to what awaited me this time.

First of all, as reported in other blog posts, I just love Venice. Each time I go to Venice I love it more. It is just so interesting, seeped in history and who wouldn't love a city that is falling in to the sea so gracefully? The cruise down the Grand Canal lived up to every expectation I had.

Approaching St. Mark's Square is such a highlight. All the activity with boats scurrying here and there, everybody waving to us on the Zuiderdam was just a rush.

Going by all the landmarks and bridges and seeing all the people and the gondolas and other boats is just amazing.

Rounding the bend and ready to go out to the ocean, see you next time Venice! I highly recommend as well the itinerary I went on, Med Dream on the Holland America Zuiderdam.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans on Cozumel Island

Really psyched about the sea walls, murals for oceans that is being sponsored by Pangeaseed here on Cozumel Island for the next ten days. Murals are being painted by some pretty famous street artists "to save our seas by public art and activism."

I already know a few places they have started and plan to stop and photograph them. I did notice one artist has started and appears to have the name of a restaurant in his wall art. I really hope it isn't so, as that seems like such a sell out. Will let you know tomorrow when I go by. We already have enough advertisements here. Hoping for something new and fresh.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Walking Around Venice Part 2

Venice canal
There is something so mesmerizing about the water of the Venice canals. Like a deep lagoon of green water, you can't see in to it. I have been told it is dirty. I have been told it even smells at times. Never when I was there has it smelled bad. To me though, Venice is mystery and passion and excitement. I just love it, and I love her canals. I love all the activity and buzz. I love that I felt welcome.

I love the frivolity and fun. There is just something in the air in Venice. I guess it is a sense of mischief. All the masks and decked out creatures!

Restaurant at Venice

Hats for sale at Venice

Around every corner is some amazing architectural feature that is to die for, including these lovely grates on a bridge with the crumbling buildings beyond.