"The Great Illusion" Top 5 Page for this destination Venice by shivan

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Venice Beach, Venice Beach....
How many times we TV addicted 30s aged europeans ex-adolescents have seen on TV about the fabled places in the US? How much those amazing stories have influenced how imagination? Our dreams?
Many people may say "not much, our millenary history make us immune to the sirens singing from the distant New World".
I think they lie.
We all heve been kids and boys, we all have seen those blonde fabulous girls dancing on their rollerblades through the streets of Venice, kissed by the sunset light, sliding through palms and seagulls.
We all have dreamt to be there, in that place where everything seemed to be joyful and full of happyness.
Well, my luck, I have been in Venice, and I have seen a normal seaside village, nothing more. People hanging around, markets, large beaches, a warm beautiful sun. A nice place to hang around, like many others I saw in my life, not an heaven.
Sorry if I'm hurting someone's feelings, but this is what I think, this is still a free world, more or less, isn't it?

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:wanna spend a pleasant day at the beach? Go there...
  • Cons:...but don't expect to find more
  • In a nutshell:a pleasant stop, not a stand-alone destination
  • Last visit to Venice: Aug 2004
  • Intro Written Sep 11, 2004
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  • gilescorey's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    I adore Venice. But don't censor yourself. Found your "they came for me", sad. Write what you want and don't let the haters get you down! ;)

  • fishwww's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2009 at 10:41 PM

    Yes later in the day to be part of the crowd.

  • BorderHopper's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    I agree. I grew up in LA and I've known all along that it was a hoax. I almost cringe with shame at what Hollywood does to our image. California is a wonderful place to live...but it is not how its portrayed on certain TV shows and the big screen!

  • 31Aug's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2005 at 6:16 AM

    beautiful beautiful beach....

  • mlt_t's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2004 at 8:47 AM

    what a great white beach... love it! and those cars are awesome! another nice page, Nicola!

  • Oct 18, 2004 at 11:14 AM

    You mean you haven't seen Pamela Anderson there? Not even Erika Eleniak? Just a couple of middle-aged tourists from Wisconsin? And in Baywatch they tell you that everything's so fabulous and sexy there....

  • BarbaraForza's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2004 at 2:21 AM

    "the hard life of a wannabe photographer"...lol...have you ever read National Geographic photographers on assignment article?

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2004 at 1:55 AM

    Funny beach page, Nicola :-))) I think, I prefer to come to Italy for a revisit of Venice.

  • ncfg's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2004 at 10:31 AM

    Very nice page! And i thought Venice was in Italy ;-) Well done! Nat

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Sep 22, 2004 at 2:16 PM

    I must have missed part of the story. For me Venice, Ca was the counterpart of Venezia, It. I like your page but as a non TV addict, I am unable to decipher completely the meaning of your intro. I guess that many American TV series were shot in Venice?


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