Welcome to French at Heart, a photography blog with few words, but many pictures of a country I love, France. All of the photographs were taken by my husband, Dean Polis, and myself, Dawne, and edited in Adobe Photoshop. If you like what you see, I would be honored if you'd leave a comment. And if you would like to learn our Digital Photography secrets, and make photographs like these yourself, [ oh, yes, you can do it!] we would be happy to lead you on an image making adventure to France with us. You may contact us here or at my email iluvfrance@wildblue.net
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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Belle Italia


A  V e n e t i a n  R o m a n c e




It seems like everyone is going to Italy.  Shirley, from Simply-Chateau just returned from Venice, and Corey is there now. 
Although we're "French at Heart", we dearly love Italy, too.  Especially Tuscany. And Venice. 







V e n e t i a n  S u n s e t

We've only been to Venice three times, always during Carnevale, the festival which precedes Lent. Now, February brings back memories of those trips...


t h e  l a g o o n






s a n t a  m a r i a  d e l l a  s a l u t e


I took this shot in 2005, before the scaffolding went up.  Must find out if it's down yet.




 Here's a postcard I made using the above image




Gabby from Design Mom also posted pix yesterday from their trip to Florence.  Wonderful photos!
Ciao!

25 comments:

  1. Thank you for posting these lovely and inspiring photos today. I adore the lagoon photo! It's giving me something to dream about on this sunny day.

    I want to ask you if you are familiar with any places to stay in the 5th, 6th or 7th arrondissement in Paris? My MIL is going in May and is looking for a two bedroom. If you have any suggestions, I would so grateful.

    Hugs!
    Nancy

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  2. Absolutely fascinating-- I am always in awe of your artistry. Venice, during the Carnivale. How exciting!

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  3. CIAO BELLA !!!!
    Dawne, you are fabulous....you can take any city or any PLACE and add what I would say is....POETRY.

    I especially love the postcard version. Well my precious one, Italy is a great place. I was only in Cinqua Terra for a week, but loved every moment. I remember going on a hike one day through an olive grove, on the cliffs with Ruben. We stopped to talk to a local. I spoke French, Ruben spoke Spanish and the woman spoke Italian. It was awesome because we UNDERSTOOD EACH OTHER!!!!!

    LOVE TO YOU ON THIS gorgeous February evening. Anita

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  4. Hi Dawne,

    Your photographs of Venice are so beautiful and love how creative you are with the fabulous pictures

    Thanks for showing us the dreamy and romantic place

    Happy weekend
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  5. Hello Dawne

    Your images are breath-taking. You have captured the mood and essence of Venice. I have painted, on location in Venice, the first four images from slightly different vantage points.
    Are'nt the sunsets spectacular in Venice and the pink globes on the street lamps.

    Thanks for this wonderful post. Your trips must be very exciting.

    Helen xx

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  6. La Bella Italia as I have never seen before!
    Brava, cara Dawne!!!
    You have truly captured the dream that is Venice...adore the postcard.
    Hugs,
    - Irina

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  7. OMG, it's amazing how you turned these photos into something so special! Am a big fan of Venice too - would love to go back there in spring! Happy weekend to you!

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  8. Hi! Thanks for letting me know, I love you're pictures and of course I will wright were they comes from now that I know. Have a nice day! Thanks from Petra

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  9. Oh Dawne, these pictures are so very beautiful. I have never been to Venice, but I really want to go as so many people say it is such a magical place to visit.

    Thank you for your kind comments on my post, I do so appreciate them.
    Abby xx

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  10. DAWE!!!!!!!! WOoo, I am so excited to see you that I spelled your name wrong!

    OHHHH I HOPE MY BUNNIES HOP OFF WITH LOTS OF GREEN CABBAGE IN THEIR MOUTHS and a little chunk of change for MOMMA!!! LOVE TO YOU SWEET ONE and yes, PLEASE EMAIL ME!!! Anita

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  11. Hello Dawn, thanks for stopping at my blog. Your blog is amazing, stunning pictures, love it. Especially the "postcard" one.

    Beybey, Sylvia

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  12. Back for more loveliness, talented friend!
    So great to see your lovely message, thank you :)
    I think I can guess what the fantastic project is, but I hope our darling Anita will fill me in a bit more...
    Have a beautiful weekend, sweet Dawne!
    xoxo,
    - Irina

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  13. Dear Dawne
    Thank you for you kind words on my blog to Anita and me on our anniversary (actually on this 3/6). I am blessed.

    We love your artistry. It's amazing how you've managed to add magic to an already magical place.

    All the best
    Ruben

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  14. Your photography art is fabulous!!

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  15. Marvelous...
    Greetings from Paris,

    Pierre

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  16. WOW, WOW, WOW, Is about all I can say about your pictures!!! WOW! You are good~! These are beautiful!!! I am so glad I just found your blog!!! I'll look forward to looking over your entire blog! God's blessings on you~~~! ♥

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  17. These gorgeous works of art gave me chills! Happy little tingles! I visited Rome, Florence, Venice and the Amalfi Coast back in 2006. LOVED it so much. And Venice was my favorite too. Last year we went to Pari and the South of France... I just adore Europe. It's a dreamland. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous work!
    Cheers,
    Holly

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