It’s weird looking at the pictures of the floods in Venice, because I’ve actually been to the places I see in the pictures…
This is Piazza San Marco, with the basilica in the background. The place was full of tourists, feeding the birds and being told off for sitting on the steps by little old Italian ladies, employed by, I think, the local council. It was hot and muggy.
This is a very similar view I saw today. No sign of the famous pigeons, nor the milling crowd of tourists. It’s hard to tell how high the water is by comparing the images, except for those restaurant tables on the left.
Then there’s this slightly freaky picture of a probably famous bridge whose name I don’t remember:
We had dinner at a restaurant just over the bridge and back this way a bit, and sat right at the edge of the canal. Looking at this image I can’t help imagining sitting at that table up to my elbows in water:
Here’s a view from (our) water-level, just on the far side of the bridge from the picture above, on this side of the canal. Notice the cute little lot of tables? Now underwater. That cool set of stairs down to the water? Probably has matching warning tape to that you can see on the other side of the bridge two pictures up. This little place really caught my eye, and is the first thing I thought of when I saw that other picture.
Hopefully the water goes down soon, and the tables and the tourists and the pigeons can come back out…