On Sunday, 10th February, me and my friends were very lucky to see the carnival of Venice. The day started off from a train Trieste-Venezia, which was becoming more and more packed as it was getting closer to Venice. By the time of arrival, our train was full of people wearing costumes varying from gorgeous to amusing, of all styles and colours. The human stream rushed out from the train to join the whole ocean of people on the streets of Venice.
Venice was overcrowded – 140 thousands came for the carnival on that day. All bridges, narrow side walks, streets were jammed by crowds. Unfortunately, we did not have a chance to see Venice with attention and admiration it deserved, moving in an ocean of people took a lot of effort and concentration. Of course, canals and palazzi looked charming but as we had to find our way trough debris of tourists, we could not allow ourselves to enjoy the architecture and to absorb its magic in silence.
Walking in crowds was an insignificant detail in comparison with the beauty of the unique carnival costumes we discovered. Masks, always silent and mysterious, were captured and carried away by the crowd. Looking like fairy-tale characters, they were the centre of attention, true stars. They would pause they graceful procession, pose to numerous photographers without saying a word and then continue their journey, carrying away undiscovered mysteries. It was a day of fantastic photos (or so I hope)!
In the evening, resting after a day of discoveries, we decided to watch TV news, and, amusing enough, recognized ourselves in a footage showing the carnival in Venice :).