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Michael Sloan
Venice sketchbooks
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I've just returned from a week in Venice with two of my children. Here are some of our sketches:
Above, the entrance to the Grand Canal at twilight. Below, boat traffic on the Grand Canal.

 
 
I once worked in Venice for half a year and fell in love with this magical city. It's an important place for me, and I want to share it with my family. April is such a nice time to go since it's neither too crowded nor too hot, and the wisteria is in full bloom.
 
 
My two children were the best travel and sketching companions. We walked for miles exploring remote parts of the city and loved riding on the boats around the lagoon.
 
 
The weather was perfect. For two days it was clear enough to see the entire range of snowcapped alps across the horizon to the north.
 
Rush hour on the Grand Canal.
We visited "The Point" at the entrance to the Grand Canal at least once a day to sketch and watch the boats.

My 7-year old sketches the Grand Canal.
Here's his sketch.

My daughter's sketch of a courtyard in Castello.
My daughter's sketch of a ferry on the canal.

Accordion player, Murano. There were wonderful street musicians everywhere.
View of the Lido from Sant'Elena.

The cemetary island of San Michele.

Two lovers sitting by a canal, Castello.

 
 
We had such a great time, and I want to return again soon.
 
Farewell, Venice. A dopo!


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