Hello, my name is Charl Durand. I'm an author, photographer and passionate Venetophile, a person who loves Venice.

I first visited Venice around 2003. My wife, Adeline (who'll be helping me with the Challenge) and I were booked into a three star hotel on the Grand Canal. We stayed in one of the 'cheap rooms', in other words, not facing the canal. On arrival we were unexpectedly upgraded to one of the fancy rooms with a magnificent view of the Grand Canal - and the Rialto Bridge to boot - and that sealed it for us, we became hooked on Venice. We've returned several times since to Venice, staying in various parts of the city, and once on Murano island.

I've had the idea of writing on the bridges of Venice in the back of my mind for a long time. In early 2013 I researched and completed the 100 Venice Bridges Challenge, giving me a wealth of images and information on the bridges. Since then I've started writing various e-books and printed bridge guides, with the first, an e-book containing photographs and background on all one hundred bridges available now on iBooks. This website ties it a together, and is a platform for musings on the bridge life of Venice as I see it.

If you want to contact me, I'm at charldurand(at)gmail.com.

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