Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Italy, Part Seven - Venice Part Two

Find Italy Part One here.

Venice today is clean. The canals no longer smell. However, the city is still sinking. As global warming speeds up, the water laps ever higher, and the famed Piazzo San Marco frequently floods. If you dream of seeing Venice before major parts of it disappear beneath the waves, I suggest you start saving to make that trip your next European vacation.

Being on the water of course means that sea food is readily available. We were not able to cook, but we still enjoyed seeing what the markets had to offer.

One of the lovely things to do in Venice is eat at a restaurant on one of the canals.

There is also great art to be found, perhaps surprisingly much of it modern. Here I am at the Guggenheim Museum.

Just wandering around, you come upon today's art right out on the streets.

Venice was our last stop in Italy, and we spent the last day wandering about, just enjoying the beauty of the city and the friendliness of the people. At the time we were there, there were terrorist threats against Americans and Brits in Europe. Occasionally in other Italian cities, but most often in Venice, we would enter a shop or restaurant chattering in English--and the clerk or maitre d' would greet us loudly in German! We felt safe--perhaps under the protection of the San Marco lion.

See my Picasa photo album of Italy here.


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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