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Venice

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You just have to love Venice - but the problem is that everyone loves Venice and the city is sinking under the weight. In a few weeks these canals will be thronged with gondolas carrying snap happy tourists from around the world...

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Even the Grand Canal is quiet at the moment as a lonely Gondolier gives his guests a ride...

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We like watching the Gondoliers and listening to them signing to their guests but we prefer riding the vaporett...

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These noisy water buses race around the canals frothing the water and pumping exhaust into the air, Yet, there is something exciting about riding these vessels. It may be the macho way that the drivers throw them around like toys, It could be that we are crammed in with the locals - all noisily gesticulating - as we bounce from one stop to the next. It could be that nothing says Venice more than the vaporetti - apart from the sight of the Campanile in St. Marks Square. However, the backwaters of Venice are equally fascinating...

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There are already plenty of tourists here at the moment but the narrow backstreets away from St. Marks Square are still the preserve of the locals.
When you haven't got a garden where else can you hang the laundry?,...

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Venice is a magical ancient city but if something isn't done soon about global sea level rise and the crush of tourists it will slowly sink under the Adriatic and will be lost forever.
We would love to say that you should visit this beautiful iconic city, although it's probably better if you don't. But if you do come - don't leave without trying the food...

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Posted by Hawkson 09:41 Archived in Italy

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