Originally published December 18, 2013, on Tumblr.

A beautiful picture by Fiona. Blue boats. Green water. I love the blue-green vignetting at the top of the picture that kind of pick up both.

There is a glorious City in the Sea.
The Sea is in the broad, the narrow streets,
Ebbing and flowing; and the salt sea-weed
Clings to the marble of her palaces.
No track of men, no footsteps to and fro,
Lead to her gates. The path lies o’er the Sea,
Invisible; and from the land we went,
As to a floating City – steering in,
And gliding up her streets as in a dream,
So smoothly, silently – by many a dome,
Mosque-like, and many a stately portico,
The statues ranged along an azure sky;
By many a pile in more than Eastern pride,
Of old the residence of merchant-kings;
The fronts of some, though Time had shattered them,
Still glowing with the richest hues of art,
As though the wealth within them had run o’er.

Venice (excerpt) by Samuel Rogers (1763-1855)

Symphony No. 5 Adagietto by Gustav Mahler

Watch the 1971 film, Death In Venice, based on the novella by Thomas Mann, about dangerous obsession and believed to be based on parts of Mahler’s life. The movie uses his music extensively. It’s a beautiful movie.