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Venice Italy, September 2010. Our dream trip to Venice was nearly washed down the Grand Canal by torrential rain. The first few days were cloudy and stormy and the sun barely peeked through the clouds (not to mention my mood). Mother Nature does not always cooperate when it comes to having the perfect weather conditions while traveling.

And that travel brochure that features that romantic couple strolling all alone in the Piazza Del Marco?

That was all CGI.

There were so many tourists in Venice on the weekend we were there that we literally could not extend our arms without punching someone right in the nose (believe me I was tempted). We even saw cruise ships the size of skyscrapers unloading 5000 tourists at a time into the ancient Piazza Del Marco. It was a Bridge of Sighs.

So one rainy evening I ventured out of our hotel at 1 in the morning to see what the Piazza San Marco looked like in the evening rain, and to my amazement I was completely alone! Just me in San Marco, alone for those precious few moments in time. The rain-soaked cobblestone created a shimmering reflection of the amber lit buildings. And then a few minutes later that perfect romantic couple strolled across the piazza, just like the tourist brochure had predicted!

I grabbed this shot and a few seconds later the torrential rains began again. Mother Nature gave me those precious few seconds and I am grateful.

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