Arches

First, I was attracted to the appearance of this door and its metal work.

Then, I stepped back and saw how the sotoportego leading to the door echoed the shape of the arch above the doorway.

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22 responses to “Arches

  1. Sadly, another Russel Ray camping trip comes to an end………………..

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  2. Yvonne….that is an OMG arch!!
    I just checked out Adrian’s blog….what fun!!!!

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  3. Now I have to go read more about “sortoportegos.” I wonder if we have them here in San Diego.

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    • Michelle

      Catwoman here (love them even more than doors). Love the kitty in your pic.
      I’ll bet you do have “sortoportegos” there but they are called something else…probably in Spanish. I grew up in So. Cal. but can’t remember. We need them in Seattle to protect us from the rain but then they would block our infrequent sun so probably not a good idea here.

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      • I can’t even find a good definition. The best I can come up with is “street that crosses under a building.” That sounds like a “tunnel.” I haven’t found any tunnels here in San Diego. I think the water level is too high.

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      • Russel, you’ll just have to go to Venice to see the sotoportegos, in that case. And feel free to bring your camera …

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    • Hi! Let us know if you find any sotoportegos in San Diego!

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  4. Michelle

    I personally would like to thank you for taking the pictures “as is” and not moving what appears to be the ubiquitous trash bag to pretty up the picture unlike I have discovered Rick Steves and his crew do.
    No wonder tourists are upset to find bags of trash sitting outside doors because the guidebooks make everything look pristine….like people don’t live there and nothing about the logistics of trash removal.
    It is a couple of beautiful pictures…warts and all. I love the symetry.
    I’m actually planning a day long photo essay for 12-12-12. Not that I won’t be taking pictures the rest of the time….just try and stop me..
    142 days!

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    • Michelle, I had this photo sitting on a memory card that hadn’t completely imported to Picasa, so it was a pleasant re-discovery! It’s so good you’ll have a long time in Venice this time, to really poke around all over the place.

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      • Michelle

        I am so looking forward to having time to “dander” as Kathleen calls it. Will be packing extra batteries and memory cards. They will probably make me upgrade my Picassa membership to something that costs money. I don’t care.
        Hmmm, I had over 600 from our five days in 2010…just imagine what 30 days will bring.

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      • I ran into problems with my camera in February, when it was exceptionally cold. It took me a while to tumble to why things weren’t doing what they should.

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  5. Barb

    I believe this is one of the many reasons we love Venice. A simple walk can lead you to a feast for the eyes…things old, beautiful and always interesting. You never know what is going to be around the next corner or across the next bridge.

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  6. Andrew

    The logistics of building that tunnel are mindblowing. It would have to have been built before the building above it. Probably over a wooden former. I wonder when?

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  7. Thank you, Andrew. It was an exceptional place, in that exceptional city. Isn’t that brick archway something else!

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  8. Andrew

    I love this picture Yvonne. You can smell the old stone.

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