Venice - a puddle of elegant decay.
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We arrived in Venice on Thursday. Our guidebook describes Venice beautifully, calling it a "puddle of elegant decay" that "survives on the artificial respirator of tourism".
It is certainly unique, with boats replacing buses and the locals all wearing gumboots. The lifestyle here is unlike anything we've ever seen. Yes, it is quite touristy (it wouldn't exist if it wasn't!) but we have spent most of our time wandering the backstreets, purposefully getting lost, and seeing the locals walk their dogs and stop to chat to their neighbours.
The weather while in Venice was cold, wet and miserable (which is incidentally just the kind of weather Jill likes - what an emo!). It's what they call "high water" season in Venice, where the combination of frequent rain and poor drainage means that there are puddles everywhere and some of the big squares (like the famous St Marks Square) are flooded with water, meaning you have to walk on raised platforms to get around.
Oh, and Italian tv is funny too. They have all these American shows dubbed into Italian and it's hilarious to watch and try and guess what they're saying. Watching House was particularly interesting! They call it "Dr House: Medical Division".