What a difference a day makes. If ever that statement was true, it was today.
Yesterday, I walked outside to this. Snow!! Let me tell you this California girl was COLD! (So cold, I started having second thoughts about coming to Venice during this time of year.) I walked through the snowfall to San Marco's Square early in the morning hoping to find a few costumed people to photograph. There was no one but others like me, camera in hand, shivering and sad.
Today, I walked outside and the sun was shining. Yesterday, I had four layers of clothes, a coat, two scarves (wrapped so tight that one wrong move and I might have hung myself), gloves, and ear muffs. Today, two layers was a little too warm. I even got crazy and left the ear muffs and gloves at home.
When I got to San Marco at 8:30am, (now my daily morning ritual along with a frittella for breakfast), I was late. Crowds had already formed around the posers in costume. However, we had so many more posers today to photo. This was the Carnival that I remember from four years ago, a party in the square. Some decked out in elaborate costumes and some with only a mask. All of us making merry for the festivities.
Today may have been the most beautiful day I've ever spent in Venice. I'm so glad I came. Like they say, what a difference a day makes.
It seems many of you enjoyed the photos of costumed Carnival-goers as much I enjoyed taking them, so I'ved added some more to this post.