Published on Nov 13, 2012
Some cities we associate with the modern world - New York, Tokyo. However, others are more suited to old world grandeur - and Venice is one of these. A place of masked balls, exquisite palazzos and romance. A vision cloaked in elegance, refinement and mystery. It is an almost unreal place where the faded splendour of this formerly great city state comes alive in the shadows of the canals. People still flock to Venice today to immerse themselves in this fantasy.
Venice has often been used as the dramatic backdrop for movies. Probably the most atmospheric of these is Death in Venice. As Dirk Bogarde arrives he seems totally enchanted by the scene unfolding around him. Of course, most of the movie is lived out at Venice Lido or in the grand rooms of Hotel Des Bains and is played in the role of the tourist.
Brideshead Revisited allows us a glimpse into the private lives of those who live behind the imposing facades of the mansions overlooking the Grand Canal. These residences are from another world - exquisitely ornate and untouched by modernity for centuries, hiding lushly overgrown courtyards and terraces - unseen by the outside eye.
The background music is a selection of 3 Puccini Arias from the operas La Bohème and La Rondine.
The Three Graces - Elegance, Beauty and Style.
My Philosophy for a sublime way of living.
My aim - to bring a touch of old world grace and discreet glamour to the everyday.
"Having class - it's not half the battle - it's the whole war"
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