Arrivederci Italia

 
November 8, 2019 Nov 8, 2019   Italy, Venice
 
 

Our last full day in Venice and the tides are high, what they call an aqua alta. Venice is still beautiful. 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.

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.

 
 
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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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
No large ships      
 
No large ships      
 
No large ships      
 
Cruise ship seen from our neighborhood      

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 seen from our neighborhood      

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 seen from our neighborhood      

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 one gondolier photo      
 
I couldn't resist one gondolier photo      
 
I couldn't resist one gondolier photo      
 
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