Grand Canal_Venice, Italy Dec 1st____Local News Dec 3rd: City Underwater!
Sitting in the living room with everyone as I write, all are sharing their thoughts about our day trip to Venice (two hours by train)… David says I should just say about this picture (quite tongue-in-cheek), “Been there. Done that.” (He has a very wry sense of humor… He added, more seriously, that he loves the exquisite decay…)
Billy would have me say, “It’s the most romantic city in the world…but we caught it on a bad-weather day”.
Ken was astounded that this former power of a city is built entirely on pilings in a swamp. The fortitude of the people to build a site like this is without parallel…
The good weather this trip has been a wonderful gift, but we paid our dues in Venice. At least it began that way. The wind blew, bringing the rain down sideways, and we held our umbrellas with two hands. With the inclement weather in mind, we took a long boat ride down the Grand Canal from the train station to St Mark’s Square. Once again, every sight was iconic. We walked through the cathedral, enjoying the interior and getting out of the rain, but by the time we came out, the rain had let up…for the rest of the day. The guys led us through the often-narrow streets and over little canals, every view looking like a recognizable image we’ve all seen over the years. It’s a city unlike any I’ve ever seen, and I was captivated by the details of it, as much as the overall views.
As we talked about it tonight (December 3rd), David brought up a computer article about flooding in Venice just today, showing a picture of two policemen standing thigh-high in hip boots in St Mark’s Square and telling about flooding throughout the city, the highest “aqua alta” in 25 years! We only *thought* it was a bad-weather day Wednesday!