Stinky Water and Amazing history
Stumbling upon an empty square surrounded by Venice's ancient architecture. Walking around late at night, seeing the Italians in the tourist industry relaxing after work. A drunken gondola operator going down the canal singing loudly with a boombox playing Pink Floyd.
Murano Glass Shop...
...I was in the excursion group so I had the chance too see HOW a piece of glass was blown to a beautiful glass horse !...
I didn't have the chance to capture the guy blowing the glass because it was so fast, like a few minutes blowing & turning, blowing & turning...he's a pro ! Everybody's looking were amazed...
... but I could capture the beautiful glass horse....(the finished thing).
Venice - water bus ride
This was our water bus as it pulled into the station, I was hoping the other boat would pull out before we clobbered it. If you have never boarded a boat before, it can be in interesting test of balance and timing. As the station sways to the pace of the waves hitting it, the boat also rocks to its own rythm, one is going up and down and a little back and forth, while the other is to and fro with a little down and sideways. At this point you need to step from one to the other, well good luck...I think they will fish you out of the Grand Canal if you "miss" that first step ^O^
Agua Alta / high Water
Por una combinación entre las mareas , los vientos , la presión atmosférica y las corrientes del Adriático se produce el fenómeno llamado "Acqua Alta" , que no es más que la inundación de las partes más bajas de la ciudad como la plaza San Marcos .
Es curioso que el agua no entra en principio porque se desborde el Gran Canal , sino porque el agua sale del subsuelo por las alcantarillas
Hace años , este fenómeno ocurría no más de diez veces al año , pero actualmente se puede repetir más de sesenta veces , lo que ha obligado al Comune de Venecia a tener preparado un sistema de plataformas que se colocan cuando aumenta el nivel para que pueda pasar la gente , a elevar los marcos de las puertas y acometer el gran proyecto Moses ( Moises : Salvado de las aguas ) para buscar una solución más definitiva a este problema
Due to a combination of tide, wind, atmospheric pressure and flows of Adriatic Sea , it is originated the phenomenon called "Acqua Alta" (High Water), which floods the lowest parts of the city , as St. Mark's Square.
It is curious that water does not come in principle because of the Grand Canal overflowing , but because the water comes out from underground sewers
Years ago, this phenomenon occurred not more than ten times a year, but now it can be repeated more than sixty times, forcing at the Venice´s Comune to develop a system of platforms that are placed when the level rises ,so that people can pass, to raise the door frames and undertake the great project Moses (Moses, "Saved from the waters) to seek a more definitive solution to this problem
If you are Ok w/checking bags and are coming early january....bring a quite big bag...with ONLY the necessary stuff since sales (SALDI) are really (really) espectacular (specially if you do the whole Tax Free stuff and if the dollar is strong..at least from my point of view). If you find yourself deep in the water it is always useful to forget style, get over it and buy those green plastic boots...trust me, you're never going to regret it! Just be sure to waer socks, otherwise be ready to get painful and hedious blisters. It is always easy to fins anything in Venice, La Standa for instance carries a lot of nice european hair treatments. The last time I was there I forgot to bring mosturizer but got a nice "CERA DI CUPRA" at a local pharmacy. Be aware that almost evry store is closed on sundays, so get everything you need either in the train station, airport or a day ahead.