“Just stop and look this way could you for the camera?”
“You look amazing!”
I was loving this. In fact I could really get used to this! Now I know what it feels like to be a celebrity. I was promenading at the Venice Carnival in historical costume through the streets of Venice … and I felt great! We had decided to walk away from St Mark’s Square which was packed and instead enjoy the beauty and peace of the backstreets of Venice. However that meant we were the only ones in historical costume and so were the centre of attention and everyone wanted to take a photo of us!
My dress was stunning and about 5 foot wide, held out with a series of hoops. Whenever I went sideways thinking I could try and slip past someone in a narrow alleyway it didn’t help at all as it was just as wide that way as well! We had picked up our costumes in the morning, and after a bit of tinkering to make sure it fitted were released onto the streets in all our splendour!
For me the highlight of our promenade was stopping for lunch. We were lucky, the sun was out and we sat on the terrace of the Westin Europa and had lunch and a bottle of prosecco. To be honest I think they had just stopped taking lunch orders when we arrived, but they let us slip in at the last minute; I believe we were a good visual addition to their terrace!
What a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours watching the coming and goings of the Grand Canal, sipping Prosecco with a delicious fish lunch in historical costume. I’d highly recommend it!
Is there anything we would different? I would think about the practicalities of our masks before we bought them. Whilst the ¾ full masks look wonderful my husband found it very difficult to eat and drink whilst wearing his. Good luck and enjoy – it’s a wonderful moment and a memory.