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Venice in the Summer

Che bella! Venice is beautiful.

Link to my full Venice, Italy – July 10, 2008 gallery on Smugmug.

I haven’t been to Venice since 1993. When last I was here, I was pretty miserable. The streets were flooded, the canal was stinky, the hotel rooms were moldy and crumbly, etc., etc. This time, I’m noticing some positive differences:

  • Although they’re still renovating the Piazza San Marco (yes, after 15 years, there is still scaffolding all over the place). But, the areas that have been renovated look really nice and sparkly in comparison to what I recall.
  • Lura in Venice Piazza San Marco

  • The pidgeon population seems to be a bit more under control than they used to be (last time it was like a scene from the movie The Birds)
  • The canal doesn’t smell at all! And it looks pretty clean. Everything along the Grand Canal looks renovated and beautiful.
  • Along the Grand Canal Venice

  • The gondolas are impeccably maintained. Every one of them is gorgeous. Clearly this is a thriving and well respected profession now.
  • Gondolas in Venice

So don’t be afraid of Venice in the summer… well, be afraid of the prices, maybe. Everything is so damn expensive that I feel absolutely poverty striken. But I’ll quit my whining.

Note: I’m at a hotel with a really slow internet connection. So I won’t be uploading my photos to smugmug at this time.

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