Sink or Swim

Trip Start May 22, 2009
Trip End Feb 16, 2010

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Flag of Italy  , Veneto,
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Venice by day is an incredible maze of sky high buildings, bridges and dead ends.  Wandering in and around in a neverending tale of twists and turns as no one direction lasts more than a few meters.  Storefront after storefront boast beautiful glasswork and intricate masks harkening to an illustrious if not shady past of Venice history. 

Venice by night is the same neverending maze, but streets hold more mystery at night, and that alleyway walked earlier looks completely different in the dark.  Footfalls echo louder in the empty darkness when there’s only one or two to be heard. 

A full moon rises and play peek-a-boo amongst the eves of the buildings.  The song of unseen gondoliers echos through the narrow lanes as men sell long stmmed roses to add to the romance of the already full evening.  Proposals take place on beautiful bridges, or in restaurants with drippy candles, taking advantace of the ambiance this city oozes. 

Could anything be more perfect?

Even a little rain doesn’t dampen the atmosphere.  Couples cuddle under umbrellas and huddle together where they stroll.  Heightened walkways are erected above the flooded streets and valiant men rescues fair maidens for doorways carrying them into the street. 

The city built on water is as dreamy is it is unbelievable.  Wandering these streets of old built up out of a marsh and lagoon, wondering about the people who have made this their home.  Talk about a risky real estate venture!  To buy an ancient home, while the former palaces of the royalty who did make it their home, rot away in the ever rising water levels.  But despite the ages and the elements, this ’sinking city’ still stands.   And it’s as busy and prosperous as ever. 
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