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Venezia Festa Del Redentore July 19 – 20, 2008

There is a festival tonight in Venice. The reason for the festival is related to the end of the plague, from which approximately 50,000 Venetians died. They built the Basilica of the Redeemer (Redentore) in 1577 to celebrate and thank God that the plague had ended. In modern times, the festival appears to include a mass, some political and church representatives, a regatta and fireworks. There be fireworks set off near the church, along the Grand Canal. I’ll try to find the fireworks setting on my new camera & get some pretty photos.

Tomorrow is my last full day of vacation. We’ll do a little shopping in Venice; if I’m up to it I might venture to a museum — but even I’m a little topped out on my cultural intake!

On another note, I am starting to have some anxiety about returning to Seattle without a new apartment lined up for Aug 1. Despite any jetlag I may have, I’m going to be “behind the eight ball” as the saying goes.

Link to my gallery with photos of the fireworks on Smugmug.

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