Venice - lagoon at sunset with S. Nicolò abbey in the background, color landscape photo
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#78 S. Nicolò, and a funny seagull

• May is one of those times of the year when weather conditions can make the light particularly beautiful in the lagoon.
As in this case, where after a few days of rain and wind,  the clean fresh air from the north gives a special brightness to the sunset warm colors.

In the background lies the church of the abbey of S. Nicolò, one of the most ancient religious sites in the long history of Venice.
It's where the ceremony of Sposalizio del Mare ("Marriage of the Sea") used to take place, to seal the deep connection of the city with the sea, its main source of wealth and sole bulwark of defense.

p.s. don't ask me what the heck the gull is doing....

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