Exploring and Sailing Venice by Riva

Exploring and Sailing Venice by Riva by www.carlosmeliablog.comExploring and Sailing Venice by Riva |  Venice. Italy  |  If there is a perfect way to explore and discover Venice, is by having your own private riva. This is an experience I enjoy very much, and try to do as long as it is available (have done this in the past in Paris along the Seine, Bath, UK on NarrowboatsBangkok, Thailand along the Chao Praya River on luxury rice barges, in Varanasi for the Ganga Arti, Istanbul along the Bosphorus, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico to the Islas Marietas… among many others worldwide. It gives you a different perspective, and without a doubt the Riva is indeed unique and sophisticated experience. As you can see I am a big fan of boats and specially private ones.  Continue reading Exploring and Sailing Venice by Riva

Rialto Bridge and Market

Rialto Bridge and Market by www.carlosmeliablog.comRialto Bridge and Market  |  Venice, Italy  |  The Rialto Bridge is one of the four bridges along the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It is the oldest bridge across the canal, and was the dividing line for the districts of San Marco and San Polo. I came to visit before I lunch at the lovely, recently opened, Aman Grand Canal, which is only steps away. Like Ponte Vecchio is to Florence, Ponte di Rialto is to Venice. This bridge dates to 1181, originally built out of wood, like it was painted  on the Miracle of the Cross at the Ponte di Rialto, also known as The Healing of the Madman painting by Italian Renaissance artist Vittore Carpaccio.  Continue reading Rialto Bridge and Market

Venice Eyes Wide Shut

Venetian Masks at Il Caravaccio by www.carlosmeliablog.com Venice Eyes Wide Shut  |  Venice, Italy  |  Venetian masks can be found all over Venice, Italy and the world, but  do you remember the scenes and most importantly the masks of this Hollywood movie “Eyes Wide Shut” with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.? Guess where all most of the mask were produced. It was in Venice at Il Canovaccio, where they make from scratch Paper Machè Masks and Theatrical Objects. By coincidence, looking for masks and souvenirs, we ended up at this darling store. Since the moment we entered, I had the feeling I had seen those mask before, but hey, I said to myself, I guess they all look the same. We indeed, I had seen them before, same as millions of others around the world. We bought four masks, and I will be wearing some of them from now on with my black tuxedo, as part of my costume for Halloween and Costume Partiers, and who knows, maybe some Illuminati and Masonic ones. (the one above is one of the four we bought, no hanging on our wall in New York).  Continue reading Venice Eyes Wide Shut

Concerto per Archi Le Quattro Stagioni di Vivaldi

Concerto per Archi Le Quattro Stagioni di Vivaldi by www.carlosmeliablog.comConcerto per Archi Le Quattro Stagioni di Vivaldi  |  Venice, Italy  |  What a Fantastic way to end my trip to Italy than a Concerto per Archi Le Quattro Stagioni di Vivaldi at the Scuola Grande di San Teodoro in Venice. Once finished, I walked back to my hotel on the other side of Venice, through the dark alleys, and felt transported to another world, inspired by the Concerto. Tomorrow off to Edinburgh Scotland for a full week exploring the entire country on board the Luxury Train The Royal Scotsman by Orient-Express. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends  Continue reading Concerto per Archi Le Quattro Stagioni di Vivaldi