Photo by Marcos Galvany
Basilica de San Giorgio Maggiore by Andrea Palladio
Basilica de San Giorgio Maggiore by Andrea Palladio

Written by Guest Contributor, Marcos Galvany

 

Christmas is always a time for reflection, togetherness, family, and friends, but for those who have lost someone very close to them, it’s also a time for re-opening wounds and for embracing those losses. 

San Marcos Square (Photo by: Marcos Galvany) San Marcos Square

Many composers, writers, and artists come here to create, to be inspired, to be moved. There’s something about being surrounded by timeless works of art, magnificent architecture, and breathtaking beauty that heals us and inspires our creativity.

Composing in Palazzo Marin (Photo by: Jose Solis Betancourt) Composing in Palazzo Marin

Being a composer, I decided to come to Venice for a month during the Christmas season to create a new work called “Life,” in memory of my close friend Teresa.

San Marcos Square (Photo by: Marcos Galvany) San Marcos Square

This enchanted city stimulates my senses in a way that opens my heart to another dimension. If there’s a place in the world that knows a lot about Life, it’s this vibrant city.

Basílica de Santa Maria della Salute (Photo by: Marcos Galvany) Basílica de Santa Maria della Salute

During Christmas time, Venice dresses up with lights and decorations, and when the frequent Aqua Alta (the high tide) comes flooding the streets and the piazzas, this changing city becomes a mirror reflecting the lights over the water in the most surreal way.

Aqua Alta at San Marcos Square before sunrise. (Photo by: Marcos Galvany) Aqua Alta at San Marcos Square before sunrise.

The contrast between the lights and the darkness of the canals embraces, and the inconvenience and discomfort that the floods bring to the locals create an incredible spectacle of beauty and magic.   

Santa Maria Della Salute. (Photo by: Marcos Galvany) Santa Maria Della Salute.

Aqua Alta. View of San Giorgio Maggiore from San Marcos Square (Photo by: Marcos Galvany) Aqua Alta. View of San Giorgio Maggiore from San Marcos Square

Photographing Venice (Photo by: Jose Solis Betancourt) Photographing Venice

San Marcos Square (Photo by: Marcos Galvany) San Marcos Square

1 Comment For This Article

Maria Yoppolo

I totally enjoy seeing and reading Marcos adventures as he travels in and out of Europe. He is a very gifted and Highly Spiritual as well as a gentle man. We are very fortunate that Marcos shares his adventures with us all.