A Little More Venice…

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!


3 thoughts on “A Little More Venice…”

  1. All that water! It kind of makes you wonder, how do the buildings hold up against all that water? Are there basements in these buildings? And if there are, are they full of water, and then mold? Do they smell moldy or just old? Does the water eventually erode the base of the buildings? So many questions but you don’t have to answer them unless you know the answers. I’ll have to check them out on the net sometime. Things I never thought about before you posted these photos.

    1. Hi, Mary-Kay: Nobody explained to us how they hold up against the water. We were in some crypt areas below some of the churches. Everything there was dry and clean — no smell of mold, to which I’m very allergic. These buildings were built so long ago and all seem very solid. The area around St. Mark’s Square is the lowest area of the city.

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