I lived with my husband and three boys in Cortina d’Ampezzo, a most beautiful town in the north of Italy, for two hockey seasons. That’s how we measure our years, in hockey seasons, because my husband is a professional coach. Yes, there is hockey in Italy, although mostly in the north where there are mountains and winter sport. Venice is a two hour drive south, so we would go often, eat gelato and enjoy a the view from a vaporetto (public ferry boat). Some people say Venice isn’t great with kids, and I suppose for art museums and fine dining that’s true, but for us it was one of the easiest places to visit because the boys could ride the boats all day and not get bored.
Favourite things about Venice? I love the fish market. And wandering around the not so tourist areas. Markets and getting lost are the two things I always advise when asked about travelling to any new place. Both give you an idea of local culture and there’s always secret unexpected adventures off the beaten track. Restaurants, of course, are one of the best things to stumble upon and I always find the best meals at small joints tucked away in the corners of cities, away from the crowds. In Venice, always drink at least one Spritz. The typical Spritz is made with Prosecco, Aperol, sparkling water and a flavourful orange slice for garnish. But go away from the norm, and try it with Campari or Cynar rather than Aperol, which are less sweet and more bitter. To eat? Fish, obviously. Pasta al nero di sepia, squid ink pasta served with cuttlefish, is a personal fave.
Camera | Olympus OM-1n
Film | Fuji NHG 800, Fuji Superior 400, Kodak Gold 200, Kodak Gold 400
Lab | Caribou Film Lab
I’m not a professional photographer. I’ve been a professional mother for the past nine years and evolving for the past twenty some years as an amateur photographer from my beginnings as a teenager shooting scenic prairie landscapes on film, to traveling the world in my twenties with various cameras in hand, to chasing three little boys, taking hundreds of digital photos hoping for a good shot or two. I photoblogged our couple of years in North Italy at www.coribeddoes.com. After one winter back in Canada, we’ve returned to a new town in the north of Italy, and I’ve returned almost entirely to shooting film. My blog is suffering for lack of a scanner on the road, and the fact I tend to shoot rolls and rolls and get behind on developing. I develop my own black and white and print in the darkroom. Fortunately I’ve found a darkroom in Innsbruck. As for colour, I’m working on finding a lab here on the continent. I’m on Instagram at cbeddoes.