Arrivederci Italia
Fri 8 Nov 2019      Italy - Venice
Arrivederci Italia
     Fri 8 Nov 2019      Italy - Venice
 
 
 

Our last full day in Venice and the tides are high, what they call an aqua alta. The waves are crashing over the sidewalks so in places raised walkways are available. Some doorways have water barriers. Locals are sporting high rubber boots and some tourists are walking with funny-looking plastic bags on their feet. We'll have breakfast then head out as the tide is receding.

High water or no, Venice is beautiful. We spent the day wandering the city's maze of streets. Maze is really the only name for it. We wandered with no destination, along the way we sampled pastries and took a few more photos.

 
 
Sml    Med    Big
 
 
High tide can mean wet sidewalks      
The people in yellow are collecting the garbage..
 
 
High tide can mean wet sidewalks      
The people in yellow are collecting the garbage..
 
 
High tide can mean wet sidewalks      
The people in yellow are collecting the garbage..
 
Looks abandoned      
 
 
Looks abandoned      
 
 
Looks abandoned      
 
Vaporetto with Biennale advertisement      
 
 
Vaporetto with Biennale advertisement      
 
 
Vaporetto with Biennale advertisement      
 
If only I knew Italian      
Elena Ferrante's new book was delivered to Italian book stores just yesterday. Damn it, I'll have to wait until next year for the English translation.
 
 
If only I knew Italian      
Elena Ferrante's new book was delivered to Italian book stores just yesterday. Damn it, I'll have to wait until next year for the English translation.
 
 
If only I knew Italian      
Elena Ferrante's new book was delivered to Italian book stores just yesterday. Damn it, I'll have to wait until next year for the English translation.
 
Fishmonger      
 
 
Fishmonger      
 
 
Fishmonger      
 
Fruits and vegetables      
 
 
Fruits and vegetables      
 
 
Fruits and vegetables      
 
Picking up the trash +      
Garbage collection is pretty aggressive in Venice, reminds me of the daily pickups in Merida. Note the curious carts, the small wheels sticking out on the right ease the leveraging of the carts up stairs and over bridges. Of which there are many.
 
 
Picking up the trash +      
Garbage collection is pretty aggressive in Venice, reminds me of the daily pickups in Merida. Note the curious carts, the small wheels sticking out on the right ease the leveraging of the carts up stairs and over bridges. Of which there are many.
 
 
Picking up the trash +      
Garbage collection is pretty aggressive in Venice, reminds me of the daily pickups in Merida. Note the curious carts, the small wheels sticking out on the right ease the leveraging of the carts up stairs and over bridges. Of which there are many.
 
No large ships      
 
 
No large ships      
 
 
No large ships      
 
Cruise ship, Giudecca      

This is not peak cruise season but we still see one or two per day. In the early morning they head to the left, towards the port, and in the evening they head to the right, out to sea, like the ship in the photo. The cruise ships are controversial: their scale is visually overwhelming and their passengers don't stay long enough to add much to the economy.

 
 
Cruise ship, Giudecca      

This is not peak cruise season but we still see one or two per day. In the early morning they head to the left, towards the port, and in the evening they head to the right, out to sea, like the ship in the photo. The cruise ships are controversial: their scale is visually overwhelming and their passengers don't stay long enough to add much to the economy.

 
 
Cruise ship, Giudecca      

This is not peak cruise season but we still see one or two per day. In the early morning they head to the left, towards the port, and in the evening they head to the right, out to sea, like the ship in the photo. The cruise ships are controversial: their scale is visually overwhelming and their passengers don't stay long enough to add much to the economy.

 
Narrow street with low ceiling      
 
 
Narrow street with low ceiling      
 
 
Narrow street with low ceiling      
 
Truck and crane on barge as seen from our apartment +      
 
 
Truck and crane on barge as seen from our apartment +      
 
 
Truck and crane on barge as seen from our apartment +      
 
Going up the stairs      
There are countless old bridges with stairs in Venice. Traversing the bridges to make deliveries is aided by a hand truck with small front wheels.
 
 
Going up the stairs      
There are countless old bridges with stairs in Venice. Traversing the bridges to make deliveries is aided by a hand truck with small front wheels.
 
 
Going up the stairs      
There are countless old bridges with stairs in Venice. Traversing the bridges to make deliveries is aided by a hand truck with small front wheels.
 
View from our apartment on sunny day      
 
 
View from our apartment on sunny day      
 
 
View from our apartment on sunny day      
 
Floating vegetable stand      
 
 
Floating vegetable stand      
 
 
Floating vegetable stand      
 
A mix of architectural styles      
 
 
A mix of architectural styles      
 
 
A mix of architectural styles      
 
I couldn't resist a gondolier photo +      
 
 
I couldn't resist a gondolier photo +      
 
 
I couldn't resist a gondolier photo +