Birds, bridges and walking | Day 76 of my 2023 Journal


The feel of Venice is closely connected to walking. The experience of walking between houses, alongside canals, over bridges, over piazzas (and repeat) from narrow darkness to air and water, beauty upon beauty, over and over. Sometimes, there is a dead end. Sometimes, a surprising piazza.

Always there are the birds. Huge seagulls own the city of Venice, roaming over the heads of tourists, sitting on poles, sculptures, and rooftops. Stealing pizza slices right out of your hand.

Walking and walking just like everyone else. And a lot of everyone else. Walking and sailing is the only way to get around, so walking it is. Most of the time.

This is no different from all of the other big cities of Europe we have visited, the huge difference is here there are no cars.

Everyone is walking.

Up and down, in and out, right and wrong, light and darkness, open and closed. And with birds looking after us as the guardian angels from the sea, hanging in the sunlight on their wings.

This is what Venice is to me. Walking with angels.

Love and light


Cecilie Conrad

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