Tuesday, December 2, 2008
If you've ever been to Venice you are familiar with St Marks square which is ussually filled with Japanese tourists entertaining themselves by feeding hundreds of pigeons. It's a marvelous place to sit and have a gellato at one of the sidewalk cafes where you can hear the battle of the bands just before they close for the night . Watching a two man skull paddle by is not something that you would expect to see.
Venice is experiencing unprecedented flooding this year with it's highest water levels in 22 years. Over five feet of water in some places is covering the winding streets and cobblestone pathways of this beautiful city.
It is heartbreaking to think of all of the damage that is being done to this historic marvel. Some say it is global warming - others just natures bad humor. Whatever the cause I hope there are no lasting effects.
Normally the banks of the canal at the Rialto bridge are home to large outdoor cafes at all four corners. In the picture above you can't even make out where the street ends and the canal begins.
On the outskirts of the lagoon you can really see the furry of the water.
I would love to be able to visit Venice again, I adore the city and it's architecture. I hope that this flooding is a once in a decade occurance and the city dries out without any damage. In the meantine I will have to settle for watching Casinova, the flick starring the late Heath Ledger. Believe it or not it has great views of the city and some marvelous interior sets and costumes.