La Serenissima

Venice – the legendary most serene city. Alison and Greg, with only months to go before she emigrates to New York, leaving him forever, spend their first and last holiday together. It’s a romantic trip, but once it’s over they know that they need to make the most of their remaining partnership.

Before that though, we see another landmark event as Tom retires and hands over the shop to Greg. Unknown to him, Alison and Greg have decorated the shop with balloons and greeting cards from past customers, many of whom visit during the day and sharing memories. That evening, another surprise awaits Tom. The couple have conspired with Tom’s wife, Norma, to book a surprise meal for him at an upmarket Chester hotel. Katie and Geoff are among the guests.

The following day, though, Greg and Alison are hard at work. The shop is closed for the day. A new sign is being installed above the shop window reflecting its new, more comprehensive service. Greg is going to take the shop into a digital era (by now the storyline has moved on to 2006). Alison stocks the shop window with a display of selected cameras. Greg works on the interior to showcase the new range of merchandise. A shopfitter will complete the makeover in a couple of months time – and our couple have booked their Venetian break to coincide with that taking place.

Today’s featured photo does depict a scene in the chapter that I’ve been working on today. Coincidentally, the Venetian storyline is set as being in the same year as this snapshot. It looks across gondolas moored on the Venice’s Grand Canal, close to the Piazza San Marco towards the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore. I took this shot while on holiday in 2007, using a Panasonic Lumix DMC- FX50 compact camera. The EXIF data are shutter speed 1/125 secs at f/10 and a focal length of 8.1 mm. The ISO was 100.

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