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To see Venice.The desire that took me to Italy in the first place. The city that defied expectation & delivered magic. 118 islands, 150 canals & 410 bridges. No roads, no cars, or bicycles, or scooters ( hugely popular in Rome & Florence). The only wheels seen were on a few baby carriages. Walking is the sole mode of transport when not traversing the waters by boat. The Grand Canal, the main thoroughfare that snakes through the city, has only 3 bridges. To cross between bridges one must take water transportation, either water taxi or bus (vaporetto). The many gondolas, originally the vehicle of the elite, are probably hired 95% by tourists. At exhorbitant cost. There is a Grand Canal waterbus route, the primary source of movement, that crisscrosses the water from stop to stop. Rather like tacking. I rode it from one end to the other. At night & day. The palaces & mansions that line the canal , from the time when Venice was the richest city in the world., stand there in either grandeur or grand decay & can take one's breath away with their size & character & beauty. They are enhanced to a strange dream-like perception when seen illuminated at night. Haunted, perhaps..... like Thomas Mann's Venice....................................explore 144.

 

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Taken on April 12, 2008