Archive for August 20th, 2008

Venezia!

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008
Ponte di Rialto is probably the... (click for full caption)

Ponte di Rialto is probably the... (click for full caption)

Venice! I have to say that this is a most remarkable city.  I almost skipped it on this trip, as it’s quite a bit out of the way, tucked up in the northeastern corner of the country.  That would have been a pity.  So, I already had a rough idea of what this city is all about: built on the water, famous for canals and gondolas.  What I guess I never quite realized is that this city is completely devoid of vehicles other than boats.  There are no cars, trucks, trains, delivery vehicles, horses, or even bicycles!  It is a completely pedestrian city.  Garbage collectors and delivery men have to carry their loads on push carts between boat and destination.  Still, they must operate mostly (more…)