Day 11: Venice

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cemetery island

On this day our group said goodbye to four more members who were returning to the States. That left 5 of us to explore Venice together. I led the group on a tour of the Lagoon and its one of its famous islands- Murano. We took the water taxi over (by now I think I was sick of boats) and stopped at the cemetery island on the way. Long ago the doge ordered all dead bodies except a few choice church celebrities off the main areas of Venice and to cemetery island for sanitation purposes. It's a beautiful cemetery and we took a lot of pictures.

 

Once we arrived at Murano we did a lot of walking around the island. There was lunch, and then our afternoon devolved into shopping.

Murano
Originally I had planned to take us over to some other islands as well - Borcano (famous for lace making) and Torcello (birthplace of Venice) but we ran out of time with all our shopping on Murano. Torcello is now just an empty grassy island but it's historical significance cannot be overstated.  You see, Venice got its start because some farmers on the mainland were worried about the Barbarians that they had heard were overtaking neighboring lands violently. Since they had valuable farmland they knew they would be a target. Their solution, which might seem a bit illogical to you and I was to resettle on land that they viewed as completely worthless (floods frequently, hard to grown anything) so that their lives were no longer at risk. It worked though- they not only survived but eventually flourished when other people traveled across the sea near them and began to buy from them. Eventually with all the trade they counted themselves among the wealthiest in Europe; making something great out of what was originally seen to be bad circumstances.

 

It was a great day and a wonderful wrap up to our Mediterranean vacation.

the flooding continues to get worse


Right before we left the next morning we had a bit of a surprise adventure. Venice floods several times a year in the late fall and winter and I had scheduled our vacation to occur before the flooding. In some ways it would have been great to see what the city is like underwater. Well, we got our chance in a way that worked out perfectly. The flooding began the morning we left. So we got to see it as we were heading to the airport, without really having to be bothered by it for an entire day.



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the flooding continues to get worse
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Judy and Diane walk together amon…
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the flooding begins
the flooding begins
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