I’ve barely posted a word about Venice since I returned two months ago — because I’m still sorting through my photos. But over the next few days I’ll give you a guided mini-tour of what I have so far. Here’s the first installment.
It’s improbable that Venice should exist at all: The city is literally built on water, resting precariously on centuries-old wood pilings that the first settlers drove into the lagoon.
Venice is both shaped by and dependent on its lagoon, so it’s only fitting that everything moves by boat. The Grand Canal — which snakes through Venice like a giant “S” — serves as a main artery into the city.
Everything the city needs — food, construction materials, medical supplies, and even labor — arrives by boat in the morning.
But by mid-afternoon, the commercial traffic on the Grand Canal has yielded to the comparative calm of the gondolas and the tourists.
Smaller boats bring supplies deeper into the city.
You would never guess how deftly the Venetians can steer these boats through the narrow canals if you looked only at the simple controls.
The boats in Venice come in all shapes and sizes …
But my favorite was this (apparently home-made) wooden kayak. It just looked so impossibly unwieldy …
For the city’s full-time residents, life happens on the water.
This is the front door …
… and this is the Venetian equivalent of “reserved parking.”
Hope you’ve enjoyed this small introduction to Venice. Back with more soon!