“Have you been to Amsterdam? It’s like Venice of Scandinavia”.
“Have you been to Udaipur? It’s like Venice of the East”.
So, there have been countless references that I had heard (& keep hearing) about places being ‘Venice’ of a certain region. Nothing wrong with that reference now, in fact I think it only goes on to say how pretty Venice must be to be used as a common noun like this. However, what stuck to me was the subconscious acceptance that Venice must be a kind of city having water bodies around it, like Amsterdam has canals & streets alternately, only more of the water part. Then, I went on to believe that Venice must be pretty overrated. After all, it’s just buildings surrounded by water.
Venice was and is more poetic than I ever imagined, or even those who glorify Venice in their heads would imagine. Its dilapidating, crumbling but there lies the ghostly beauty. Sometimes your attention goes to the dilapidating structures but most of the time you are just so engrossed in the beauty – the blue waters, the blooms, the boats, the smiles & pretty coffee shops, of course.
Not the place I would want to live in because, for me, it’s a dreamland for being in a different setting for a while but then I will crave for a city or a hilly life (I get bored with water & beaches pretty fast).
Anyway, I think pictures will talk better about this beautiful place. However, I lost a lot of them while working on storing them.
Presenting to you, Venice of Venice, the actual Venice, the proper noun this time. 😀