I know it’s not Saturday but here’s an extra post ….
I have long wanted to experience the famous Venetian Acqua Alta; when the lowest parts of Venice are flooded and I had my chance on Sunday 6th November. I had been checking out some Venetian websites before I arrived in the city to see if there was any chance to see it on this 5 day trip and it seemed as though there would be one the day after I arrived. ( and as it turned out on each day after)
You certainly know when one is expected because a very loud siren sounds throughout the city ( at 7 a.m on the days I was there !) warning the population, who duly put on their wellington boots and carry on as normal.
I’m told the men who take away Venice’s rubbish are also tasked with putting in place the temporary raised wooden walkways which are essential to keep the pedestrian traffic flowing freely through this gorgeous city..
After putting up the boardwalks the bin men carried on with rubbish collection as normal or nearly as normal..
I had mixed feelings about the Acqua Alta because the flooding can be very serious for the people who live and work in the city, particularly when the water is very high. For tourists it is an extraordinary experience which brings out the childlike wonderment and sense of fun in many people, myself most definitely included.
Some people loved it
but others didn’t seem quite so sure.
and I had certainly never seen a canoe in the middle of St Mark’s Square before 🙂
It seems everyone in Venice owns at least one pair of wellington boots and they can be quite a fashion item; coming in every imaginable colour and design. Thigh high waders are worn by some, others wear bright colours or jazzy patterns. Some are stylish with lace-ups or cut outs.
( Click on any of the photos on this page for a closer look.)
Which ones are your favourites? Do tell…
Of course there were those who improvised…..
….but quickly found this wasn’t such a good idea
I loved the expression on his face as his plastic bags filled up with water.
Venetians also carry umbrellas; some tiny and some so big you imagine the owner is intending to have a party underneath ! This phenomenon is new to me as I’ve previously only visited during spring and autumn months and never seen rain in Venice before, but of course it’s essential to carry an umbrella because Venetians have to walk so much to get to wherever they need to be.
Like the wellies the umbrellas came in many colours, some people looked elegant but others rather silly, especially those who had fallen victim to the hard sell and were carrying umbrellas with Venetian scenes on them. Ugh, soooo tacky. The pink one with sheep and the pink cow were definitely NOT my favourites !!
I found it quite funny to watch the opening of umbrellas en masse as, antlike, Venetians scurried across the boardwalk tutting if tourists stood still to take photos and blocked their way.
So much so that this girl got off the boardwalk to take her photos.
It’s not only the people who are kept dry, some owners cover up their dogs as well…poor things ! It just doesn’t look right to me !
This woman was evidently taking no chances and was well prepared to keep everything dry with colourful wellies, umbrella and a coat for her dog !!
Ah! Venice always full of surprises and just as lovely in the rain.
Saturday girl signing off for now… watch out for the 1498th episode, coming soon…Ciao, Ciao !!