Monday, February 04, 2008

Carnivale in Venice

Music Monday at Soccer Mom in Denial


I spent my junior year of college in Florence, Italy. The program I studied with hired a bus to drive the students (all Americans) up to Venice the weekend of Carnivale, their celebration before Lent.

We were driven up in the afternoon in late February and told to be back at the bus by morning. We were expected to wander the little allies and piazzas of Venice for the night.

At some point in the evening I was seperated from my friends. It wasn't strange or scary. For some reason it seemed fine. I wasn't drinking. Although in the morning one of my classmates had to be brought back to the bus dripping wet since he fell into a canal.

I ended up alone in a small square at 2:00 in the morning. Entering from another street was a group of costumed musicians and dancers. They all had on powdered wings. The men wore fancy britches and coats while the women were in flowing ball gowns. There were probably 20-30 of us in regular clothes watching them.

Suddenly, the musician began playing a waltz. And a man in a wig and britches took my hand.

I danced a waltz at two in the morning in Venice, under the stars.

Have a musical memory? Why not share it? Oh, and be sure to link back to me. Because if you are going to get some linky love, you should give it back.



16 comments:

painted maypole said...

what a great memory!

cablegirl said...

My post will automatically go up at 7 am tomorrow. It's not nearly as moving as yours. lol

That's a great memory you describe.

Flower Child said...

wow - what a great memory. sounds positively magical.

Jenn in Holland said...

Oh, the romance! I wish your memories were my experiences.

Mariposa said...

Memories...ah so sweet! Happy MM!

Wholly Burble said...

That sounds SO romantic--and something to treasure. It's so nice of you to share this lovely time with all of us!

cablegirl said...

So my post is up. and as a bit of free advertising... if you haven't seen Blooming Idiot yet, really.... DO. I sat there slack jawed through the whole thing. lol

cablegirl said...

So what's with the jewelry advertising?

soccer mom in denial said...

Cable Girl - I'm sooooooooo frustrated that my first foray into Mr. Linky produced an advertisement!! I finally deleted the faux comment but can't ditch the link.

Anyone know how to get rid of a link?

Grrrrrrr.......

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Lovely - what a beautiful scene!

Adventures In Waitressing said...

That sounds like on hell of a memory. Very sweet and hella romantic.

Alex Elliot said...

That's a great story. I would love to go to Italy some day.

Goofball said...

What a precious memory...wish I could have been there as well.

chelle said...

What an amazing moment to never forget!

Hilary said...

Sorry, I am just getting the hang of this. I linked to this post on my blog, but I didn't do the Mr. Linky thing.

Erika Jurney, Plain Jane Mom said...

Thanks for sharing such a great memory :)