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Monday, September 14, 2009

Venetian waters

Actually, I didn't take that many photos of Venice compared to the others in my group. I was too, ah, busy. Nonetheless, I have taken some videos, and for this post, I will share with you photos and videos of the Venetian waters. Frankly, unlike my team, I never really had the time to explore Venice much as I was in the festival most of the time, doing interviews with the Japanese press. The film festival is held on the Lido, which is a separate island.

I relished the small moments when I got to see some parts of Venice, parts of something so much bigger. When I return again, I will definitely explore more.

But I'll start with a photo of the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, which we stopped by on our way to Venice.

At the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport

I have no reason to post the photo above except to show that it was the place where Maiko the Producer played Katamari Damacy on the iPhone.

Once you reach the Marco Polo airport in Venice, you have to take the water taxi to other parts of Venice. I enjoyed the ride.

Lido is known for a beach. Although this looked like the beach from the Luchino Visconti film, DEATH IN VENICE (which I wrote a paper on back in Australia, those were the days), it isn't. The beach in DEATH IN VENICE is a private beach in front of the Des Bains hotel.

The video above was shot on my first day in the festival. On the last day of the festival, when Ming Jin joined me. We took more photos there.

Ming Jin at the lido beach

me at the Lido beach

I looked good in black.

Venice looked good during the twilight.

Venetian twilight

I took a solitary boat ride during the night as well. The sounds of water were soothing, in the 45-minute boat ride, I found myself slipping in and out of consciousness.

Felt as if I was the only one in the world.

A night later there was a party by the beach.

I never realized that I would have so little time to explore Venice.