One word sums up Venice: Water. Here you can see how high the water is in relation to the buildings. It almost looks like the city is floating:
Of course you know about the canals and gondolas. In this photo you can see how the water comes right up to (and probably inside) the buildings. Also note the little bridge over the canal. As you walk along, you get some extra exercise walking over these bridges at every juncture.
Some canals have sort of a sidewalk alongside of the buildings:
St. Mark’s Square is the main tourist area in Venice. It’s built so when it rains, the water seeps down between the pavers of the square and drain away. It also works in reverse, however. When the tide is up, water comes back up into the plaza.
The Venetians take it all in stride, however, and quickly place portable raised sidewalks in the areas where the water gets too high. Venice is really charming and considered one of the most romantic cities. The narrow streets are lined with lots of interesting shops and eateries. Since there are no vehicles on the streets in Venice, it makes it quite pleasant to be a pedestrian without the fear of being run down every time you try to cross a street! I’ll tell you about the drivers another day…
Tomorrow we’ll visit my favorite shops from the trip. I did a lot of shopping — NOT a lot of buying. Just as much fun!