Venice in the mud

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Readers will remember that there was flooding in Venice just a month or so ago. Indeed it was the worst flooding in about fifty years since those terrible times in the 1960’s, the result of which was the setting up of Venice in Peril designed to protect as much of Venice as possible.

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Venice tday – after the floods but before the low tides

Now there is a different problem. Or opportunity.

Due to very low tides some of the smaller canals have shrunk to little more than muddy trickles. Gondolas have problems mooring close to their pick-up areas. Garbage collection vessels cannot make it up some canals. It all sounded so unreal given the floods of November 2019.

But some people are travelling to Venice to see this unusual sight.

Yes there are some who are travelling to Venice solely because they will see the city in a different light. But why just stare at mud or rivulets instead of the normal? For those wanting a look at how some of the foundations support the precarious buildings, this could be their opportunity.

For the rest of us I wonder why travel there. At low tides Venice can be, well to put it politely – a little smelly.  With these extraordinary low tides it might be ever stronger smelling.

I think I’ll wait until these tides are over before I make another return visit!

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