If you haven't been to Venice, you may think of gondoliers on canals and flocks of pigeons at St. Mark's Square. There are plenty of both. Some of what makes this city so special, though, is the rest of it. For instance, I like to wander the car-less streets and the canal-side paths, noticing the things that makes this hauntingly different city the unique place that it is. It's the buildings with doors that open onto the water in a canal (instead of onto a street)... the stacks of stilts and planks used to build temporary bridges that let people walk along sometimes-flooded streets... and the boats that Venetians have made into fire engines and taxis and delivery "vans."
Here are some photos: the first of two pages of scenes
I saw in a couple of days of wandering
around Venice with a good friend who used to live there.
Some aren't of stunning landmarks or gondoliers (though those
gondoliers are so photogenic :).
(By the way, the city's real name is Venezia,
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