Can two months have already passed since my trip to Venice?
It seems like an eternity, yet it seems like yesterday.
But recent images of the city — St. Mark’s Square flooded, stores underwater, tourists forced to carry their luggage, even their children upon their head — are so foreign to me.
This was not the Venice that I know.
My Venice was surrounded by water, not menaced by it. The canals did not encroach on businesses, homes or priceless works of art and history. They were romantic — liquid atmosphere.
Today’s Venice looks swallowed up. It creeps me out instead of inviting me in. I hear the clock ticking, the boat that houses their city sinking.
I couldn’t just sit there and pass the day.
Man the lifeboats!
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I loved Venice.
Loved, loved, loved it.
The guide books had prepared me for the city that couldn’t possibly live up to all the hype. The great disappointment. The giant wet thud.
They couldn’t have been more wrong.
Here is just a taste of the jaw-dropping wonderfulness that was my day in the city of canals, Venice.
Riding the water taxi to Venice
Wondering what a water taxi looks like? That’s what.
We weren’t the only ones on the water.
Getting ready to take the elevator in the Campanile (bell tower) to get a bird’s eye view of St. Mark’s Square
St. Mark’s Square
We also toured St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge Palace, which were simply spectacular but did not allow photography. I encourage you to Google them to get a sneak peek.
It’s not the same as being there, of course. That was out of this world.
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