Delayed Five Hours at the Venice Airport? Thank God! 1


As the cruise ship arrived in Venice, I had come to terms that I would not get to visit the beautiful city after all. Because our ship arrived at the port at 9am and the flight back to Toronto was at 1pm, it was impossible to get the couple to the canals to do one final post wedding shoot.

The Beautiful Canals of Venice

The Beautiful Canals of Venice

Venetian Gondolier

Venetian Gondolier

On any other occasion, I would have been furious to hear that my flight was delayed. When the announcement was made that the flight was delayed by five hours, everyone in the line for the Air Transat flight to Toronto winced… Except for me! I knew that it was now possible to make the 45 minute water taxi trip to Saint Marks Square, do a post shoot with the couple and make it back in time to catch our flight.

I immediately spoke with the couple to see if they were up for it and if they had a nice change of clothes handy. It was affirmative on both counts. I instructed them to cut the line to the check in counter and use their wedding as an excuse. It worked like a charm and within 10 minutes we were purchasing tickets on the express water taxi to yet another international landmark. This was the Boston Avenue 2010 European Tour! Bari, Olympia, Istanbul, Dubrovnik and now Venice for “La Finale Grande”!

View from the Water Taxi

View from the Water Taxi

No, this is Not Las Vegas!

No, this is Not Las Vegas!

Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco

As soon as the boat docked we got to work and because I know the city, I knew exactly where to go to get some quality shots away from the tourists. We explored some canals not too far off from our drop off point. The photographs we got were magnificent. In my opinion, there are not many places on earth you could have got a more romantic setting. We worked for a while and with 45 minutes to spare we sat down in the square for a light lunch to celebrate. As a bonus, I even had time to do some of my own portfolio work in Venice!

Lunch in Venice

Lunch in Venice

Eyes Wide Shut?

Eyes Wide Shut?

To top this whole fantastic experience off, as we arrived back at the Airport with time to spare, we looked out the window and it began to pour down rain. By only mere minutes, I still held my streak of it never raining on me! Can you imagine that???

Leaving Piazza San Marco

Leaving Piazza San Marco

As I write this blog entry in my 5th hour of flying over the Atlantic, I can’t help but think in less than a week I will be boarding a plane to the Mayan Riviera in Mexico to do it all over again. Stay tuned folks!

The Best Espresso of my life!

The Best Espresso of my life!

For me? The Dopio Long Shot on the Right, a Barrel of Coffee!

For me? The Dopio Long Shot on the Right, a Barrel of Coffee!

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

More Masks

More Masks

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Even More Masks!

Even More Masks!

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.


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  • Parik

    Truly amazing pictures Andrew! It was a complete pleasure to work with you! And yes, the espresso shot was the best!