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Masquerade – An Evening in Venice

Venice by Night
Source: http://www.grandamericantours.com

By Rohan:

A single firecracker explodes, its fiery tails plummeting down to the Grand Canal. Its echoing noise bidding farewell to the day and welcoming the festive night to come. The last of the sun vanishes along the horizon as the beautiful full moon comes into sight. Lovers kiss on the Rialto, a gondolier paddles by, a baby cries in the distance. The shopkeepers pack their things and file into the labyrinthian streets of Venice as the sweltering day comes to an end and gives birth to a carnival.

An array of colored lights begin to flicker as if the circus is rolling into town. A troop of harlequins enter from the left, wearing animated masks and galloping through the silent streets. It is then that the city comes alive. Children run out on the streets, their sparklers crackling like a bonfire, their endearing smiles aimed at the man with the gelato cart.

More firecrackers go off, and an array of saxophones and guitars provide the night with a soundtrack fit for a Woody Allen movie.

Young lovers sit on the edge of the canal, their bare feet skimming the surface of the sparkling waters below. The man looks into the woman’s eye, chuckles, and lightly kisses her cheek. The smell of fresh gelato and steaming Italian coffee fills the air as people line up to grab one last snack to put an end to their day.

The band plays on. The harlequins and jesters dance. The children play. The lovers kiss.

On the corner is an older man, hands tucked in his navy blue sweater as he gazes into the horizon. His face is emotionless. He gets up and walks towards the canal, his feeble hand trembling as he reaches for the pocket of his neatly pressed khaki pants. He pulls out a coin and gently tosses it into the water, closes his eyes, and makes a wish.

The night is a masquerade, painted with the costumes of Halloween, the warmth of Christmas, the romance of Valentine’s Day, and the hope of New Year’s. It brings people together like the coldest of winters, while setting them free like the most beautiful summers. It is a time to reflect, to wonder, to love, and to dream.

The Hotel Columbina- A Comfortable Stay In Venice

Hotel Columbina in Venice

By Rohan:

Venice can be a puzzle for first-timers. It is a jigsaw of little paths, bridges, and canals with almost identical architecture throughout the city to confuse you geographically. Unfortunately, the fear of the unknown sometimes stops tourists from visiting anything but the main tourist attractions, leading much of the hotel reservations to be made at places near the tourist hubs. Luckily, when it comes to finding a place to stay, there’s a beautiful little hotel a few blocks away from the bustling Saint Mark’s Square that can provide you with an experience a bit closer to true Venetian lifestyle.

The Hotel Colombina looks like something out of a fairy tale. Its simple white walls are dotted with windows and flower baskets boasting beautiful violet lilies. Looking at the building is as much of a treat as actually staying in it. The hotel has a myriad of room options to suit your needs. From a basic studio to an elegant suite, Colombina knows how to accommodate any family. Stay in a hotel along the famous Grand Canal and you’re looking at quite a bill when you leave for the airport. The Colombina is relatively affordable and is walking distance to both Saint Mark’s Square and the picturesque Rialto Bridge over the famous waterway.

If you are going on a mediterranean cruise, the Colombina will gladly accomodate you. They have a water shuttle that is only a few extra bucks that will take you to the port right up to your ship. These shuttles also run to the train stations and to a bus stop that goes to the airport.

Arguably the most attractive feature of the hotel is its quaint decorations. The inside is cozy, resembling a typical venetian house with antique furniture. There is a small courtyard with a soothing fountain and beautiful gardens lining the border. The service is exceptional, with employees ready to meet your every need. Best of all, the rooms are large and spacious for a city that feels so narrow.

If you are heading to Venice (for either business or leisure), make sure to check out the Colombina. You can book via their website here: http://www.hotelcolombina.com/