the rialto bridge

The Rialto Bridge with the Festive Entry of the Patriarch Antonio Correr (detail), 1735, Michele Marieschi. Oil on canvas. Osterley Park, The Palmer-Morewood Collection, National Trust (accepted in lieu of tax and transferred to the National Trust by Her Majesty’s Government in 1984). Photo: National Trust Photo Library / Art Resource, NY

Some Random Headcanons

Alec’s favourite movie of all time is The Hunger Games, he feels as though he can relate to Katniss, and everytime he watches it, Magnus has to comfort him when Rue dies.

When Will talks to Nico about adopting, Nico’s on board but before he meets the kid, he totally freaks and gets insecure. Apollo and Hades make a surprise appearance to check on them and see the kid, and Apollo takes Nico outside and calms him down, reassuring him he’ll be a perfect father.

When Alec and Magnus fight together, Alec draws the alliance rune on them both so that Magnus can use his strength freely without having to ask.

Nico loves it when Will plays his guitar. The main reason why is because when Will looks down on his guitar, his hair falls on his forehead and his lashes cast shadows on his cheek and his concentration level is intense with a little happy smirk and Nico loves it, just seeing his boyfriend happy.

Alec comes home from the Institute one day to find Magnus wrapped up in one of his old sweaters, crying. When Alec asks him what’s wrong, he tells Alec that he dreamt he died and Alec spends the whole evening comforting Magnus, “You can’t dwell on the future, Magnus. You have to live and enjoy the now.”

Nico is the world’s biggest hoodie thief. Like, he steals Will’s stuff all the time and they’re so big they practically drown him and Jason and Percy fuss over him because he’s so cute.

Alec loves the smell of books. The soft, brittle touch of the pages against his fingers give him comfort. So for his birthday, Magnus creates a library in his office, combining both his and Alec’s favourite books, and now while he’s working, Alec sits quietly in the corner, reading a book, and Magnus finds comfort in his presence.

Will likes to fall asleep to Nico speaking to him in Italian.

Alec likes to fall asleep to Magnus reading to him.

Will learned Italian just so that he could buy tickets for him and Nico to go to Italy for a vacation. Will proposed to him in Venice where they were taking a tour along the Grand Canal in a gondola, under the Rialto Bridge.

Alec is the only person who know the real, actual reason why Magnus was banned from Peru, his birthday and his birth name.

Nico goes to Piper, Hazel and Annabeth for relationship advice but eventually everyone gets involved because it’s solangelo, and solangelo cannot break up.

Alec keeps a journal. One day Magnus finds the journal and reads it, and he didn’t realize he hurt Alec so much when he broke up with him, and by the fact that he doesn’t trust Alec as much as he used to, which is also hurting Alec. Magnus feels guilty and tries to make it up to Alec, but Alec insists that he was wrong by seeing Camille and they both forgive each other for everything.

Will and Nico are totally immature. Like, they’d all be gathered for a meeting in the big house and Will would crack an inside joke and Nico would fall off the chair laughing. Or Will has a high pitched sneeze that Nico makes fun of all the time. Or Will would constantly bring up the time the toaster oven popped the bread slices out and Nico screamed louder than the Aphrodite girls did over loboutins. Everyone gets annoyed but they’re happy Nico is happy because gods-damnit, Nico deserves to be happy.

For Alec and Magnus’ tenth anniversary, they both get tattoos of the wedded union runes. When Clary and Isabelle sees it, they freak and that’s how the Malec engagement was discovered.

Nico calls Will “Weel” because of his natural accent and Will finds it annoying. So in retaliation, he began to call Nico “Greek Neeks” and “Death boy” which gets Nico angry and according to Will, with a stupid grin on his face, “Angry Nico = hot Nico = Italian Nico = happy Will.”

MBTI Bridges

ISTJ Chain Bridge, Budapest

ISFJ Kintai Bridge, Iwakuni, Japan

INFJ Si-o-seh pol, Isfahan, Iran

INTJ Millau Viaduct, Millau, France

ISTP The Iron Bridge, Shropshire, England

ISFP Charles Bridge, Prague

INFP Chapel Bridge, Lucerne

INTP Helix Bridge, Singapore

ESTP Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver

ESFP Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney

ENFP Rialto Bridge, Venice

ENTP Chengyang Bridge, Sanjiang, China

ESTJ Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

ESFJ Las Lajas Sanctuary Bridge, Ipiales, Colombia

ENFJ Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

ENTJ Tower Bridge, London

kissme-hs  asked:

Hey love! I was asking could you make a imagine where y/n and Harry goes on their honeymoon and end up having a huge fight but make up. It can be either way you want. Smutty or fluffy. Love ya!❤️

So my love, I hope you will like your honeymoon in Venice . It’s very very fluffy!!! 

“Good morning, Mrs. Styles,” he whispers in his raspy morning voice, devouring your neck. You feel the smile on his lips as he pampers your neck with sweet little kisses. His right hand slides over your shoulder and further down your arm until he reaches your hand.

“What is this, Mrs. Styles?” he asks you, rubbing his nose on the velvet skin behind your ear.

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Here’s an important thing to know: I romanticize (and sometimes Romanticize) everything. I get sighing and poetic and starry-eyed over things like trains and hostels and rainy windows. Cities are especially bad. If I’ve read the name in an old book, even once in passing, I’m going to be imagining intrigue and antique maps and winding streets and merchants of unimaginable riches, and no one can stop me. Of course, this being A. the 21st century and B. real like, it’s never quite what I imagine.

Here’s another important thing to know: Venice is the only place I’ve ever been that was exactly what I’d imagined.

Venice (La Serenissima, the Bride of the Sea, the Pearl of the Adriatic, the City of Bridges… I’m not the only one who gets all soppy and prosy over it) is an absolute labyrinth of bridges, milky jade-green canals, and ornate 14th century architecture. Lit with rose-colored street lamps and awash in Adriatic fog, it’s eerie and heartbreakingly beautiful. Without exaggeration, there is nowhere like it in the world.

  • The city appears virtually the same as it did six hundred years ago. It’s a large part of its charm. Unfortunately, this architectural stasis also applies to the septic system, which in many cases still empties into the canals. Never touch the fucking water.
  • Incidentally, the best times to visit are spring and fall. You’ll miss the majority of the tourist crowds, and the weather is mild and pleasant, if not necessarily sunny. In the winter the city often floods, and in the heat of summer the canals reek.
  • If the city floods (l’aqcua alta, the high water, caused by rain and exceptionally high tides in the winter months), you may want to buy waterproofing covers for your shoes (usually about €20).
  • You can find L’Acqua Alta maps at the railroad station and Piazza San Marco, showing you the routes still accessible, either because they’re naturally higher ground or because of second sidewalks that can be folded out during the high water. At the vaporetti terminal (the ferries that function like public buses), you can find a calendar predicting l’acqua alta over the next month.
  • You get from the airport to the Venice  proper by public bus or by train. Both bring you to the small station at the edge of the city. The rest of Venice is strictly pedestrian.
  • Climb the bell tower in Piazza San Marco. It’s not expensive, and it’s a beautiful view of the piazza, the city, and the surrounding ocean.
  • Venice the perfect city to get lost in, because it’s gorgeous, impossible to go in a straight line, and impossible to actually leave. For someone who once held a map of Paris upside down for a literal hour before realizing why it was taking me so long to find the damn hostel, that is an ideal combination.
  • A useless navigation tip is to watch the house numbers. If they change dramatically when you cross a bridge (e.g. 13, 14, 77, 78) then you’ve just crossed from one island to another. If they stay the same (e.g. 13, 14, 15, 16) then you’ve only crossed one of the later man-made canals.
  • It’s virtually impossible to walk ten feet without passing a store selling Venetian masks. The intricate designs and empty, staring eyes contribute quite a lot to the general eerie, era-out-of-time atmosphere.
  • Gondolas are quite expensive, used for tours rather than getting around (and haggling down the price means they’ll more than likely cut out the best parts). But to ride in a gondola for only about €2, look for traghetti: worn down gondolas used to ferry people back and forth across the Grand Canal, usually as people are coming and going from work.
  • If you need to get around, take the vaporetti along the Grand Canal, or a more expensive water taxi. I recommend you get on a vaporetto during sunset to see the city from the water.
  • The vaporetti can also take you to the islands: Murano, Burano, and the Cimetario. Murano and Burano are famous for glassworking and laceworking respectively, as well as houses painted every color of the rainbow, to help fishermen find the right home in the fog. (At low tide, when there’s a tiny crescent of beach by the Murano vaporetti terminal, you can see the ‘sand’ is almost entirely seaglass). The vaporetti also stop at Cimitero, Venice’s cemetary, which is silent, beautiful, and eerie.
  • The Doge’s Palace is beautiful inside as well as out, but honestly, if you’re on a tight budget it’s not worth the €16 admission ticket
  • If you want to visit the Basilica di San Marco, book a reservation online (€1.50) to save yourself literal hours in line. Bring the printed reservation. No photography is allowed inside.
  • Surrounding Piazza San Marco, you can see the astronomical clock, Basilica di San Marco, the Doge’s palace, the column topped with the winged lion of Venice, and thousands upon thousands of pigeons. Nearby is the Bridge of Sighs, which connected the prison to the interrogation chambers of the Doge’s Palace.
  • In January/February there’s the famous Venetian Carnival; in September there is the Regatta ‘Storica.
  • Venice is very expensive and many of its restaurants are frankly garbage. Instead, find one of Venice’s many bacari where you can have a drink and cichetti (small, savory finger food). Basically, you pick out the ones you want and they’ll make a plate for you. Locals tend to have two or three while chatting with friends, and then possibly move to the next bacaro and repeat. Tourists often get ten or twelve for a full meal. Either way, the seafood is almost always delicious, and a glass of wine or spritz shouldn’t set you back too much here.
  • If you do want to sit down and have a proper restaurant meal, some local specialties are polenta, risi e bisi (a dish of peas and rice), and several different plates seasoned with cuttlefish ink (alla seppia).
  • Try spritz, a traditional Northern Italian drink made of Aperol and Prosecco. I recommend a small bar called Al Merca, right by the Rialto bridge, which is quite cheap at €2 a glass.
  • Only four bridges cross the Grand Canal. The most iconic is the Rialto, which in the morning is surrounded by a busy market of fruits, vegetables and cheeses. Be careful in the rain on Ponte della Costituzione; the turquoise glass is pretty but gets as slippery as if it’s been oiled.
  • The oldest cafe in the world, Café Florian, is in Piazza San Marco. It’s gorgeous, dates back to 1720, frequently offers live music, treats you like royalty, and charges somewhere between €10-15 for a coffee. If you have money to burn and some nice clothes, get a bit fancy and go have an espresso.
  • There is no such thing as cheap accommodation on the island of Venice. You can pay upwards of €30 a night, you can stay in Mestre (the mainland extension of Venice), or you can couchsurf. That said, if your heart is set on staying in Venice proper, I would recommend the Ostello Santa Fosca. It has a lovely garden and courtyard overlooking the canal. Get a bottle of wine and some good bread and watch the gondoliers go by.
  • On a map, Venice looks vaguely like a fish. At the eastern end, the tail of the fish, there’s a beautiful park. If you’re getting sick of the bustle and narrow alleyways and tourists, it’s a lovely walk along the ocean to a calm green park.
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This is getting a bit like showing you my holiday pics now but Matthew has been filmed travelling around the Rialto bridge in Venice 3 times I think - Chasing Liberty - arriving in a vaporetto, Brideshead, and in Francesco di Mosto’s little blue boat in The Wine Show.  

Matthew/Ben arriving in Venice in Chasing Liberty…

My shot - sadly without Matthew : (   …

So of course we had to get in a boat to go under the bridge as well.  It almost made me want to dive in… but no.  But here are some some shots from under the bridge anyway …

Anna and Ben coming out of a souvenir shop on the Rialto Bridge 

You only get a glimpse of Matthew coming out of the shop

My shot of the same area - I think I’m standing a bit higher up the bridge - unfortunately all of the souvenir shops look very similar.

Matthew/Ben taking pictures of Anna and McGruff on the Rialto Bridge…

My shot of the same scene - I was standing on the exact spot Matthew had stood and going gooey.

“Venice appeared to me as in a recurring dream, a place once visited and now fixed in memory like images on a photographer’s plates so that my return was akin to turning the leaves of a portfolio: a scene of the gondolas moored by the railway station; the Grand Canal in twilight; the Rialto bridge; the Piazza San Marco; the shimmering, rippling wonderland; the bustling water traffic; the fish market; the Lido beach and boardwalk; Teeny in the launch; the singing, gesturing gondoliers; the bourgeois tourists drinking coffee at Florian’s; the importunate beggars; the drowned girl’s ghost haunting the Bridge of Sighs; the pigeons, mosquitoes and fetor of decay.”
Gary Inbinder (The Flower to the Painter)

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