Photographer's Note


Venice is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and most interesting cities in the world. Comprised of around 120 islands, it features canals for streets, the Grand Canal as its a main boulevard, and countless bridges (about 400) as its crosswalks. From its beginnings 1500 years ago as a loose federation of scattered villages, its population increased, and a network of canals was dug. It eventually evolved into the watery maze we know today that was described by architect-urban planner Le Corbusier as a "a perfect cardiac system!" Plying its “streets” are the gondolas, small barges, power boats, water taxis, and, in the case of its main boulevard, water busses or “vaporetti.”

Through the centuries, the city has been home to numerous (ordinary) geniuses, including architect Palladio; scientist-mathematician Galileo; painters Titian, Tintoretto, Canaletto, Veronese and Bellini; composers Albinoni and Vivaldi; and the lover Cassanova! Famous visitors who marveled at its prepossessing beauty include Napoleon, Hemingway. At one point in the early 16th century, it was also home to one rare "transformative genius," Leonardo, who actually lived most of his life in Florence and Milan.

I was riding in a water taxi that had just squeezed under a small bridge when I spotted a small boat trailing us also emerging from under the bridge. Two earlier posts of life on the canals of Venice appear as Number One and Number Two. Perhaps I will collect a few such shots in a theme, "Life on the Canals..."

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