Photo Manipulation

I decided to play around with a couple of my favorite photos I took here in Venice and voila!  I used these particular photos to experiment with because they both had an unusual quality about them (especially the first one below which looks like an old postcard photo) but after some modern techie adjustments, they look more like paintings to me now... This particular day I shot these pics, I remember how "heavy" the sky felt and I thought at any moment, it would come crashing down on me..