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Clutching clusters of colorful balloons, the young family is rushing off, presumably to provide decorations for a local event. Almost 50 million tourists visit Venice annually, but relatively few get to see the lesser-known northern sector of the city where I took the photo. Venice, the storied city situated in a lagoon off the northeast corner of Italy, is comprised of 117 small islands, 150 canals and 409 bridges. Indeed, the gondolas are its cars, the vaporetti its buses, the canals its roads, and the sweeping S-shaped Grand Canal its major thoroughfare. It would be an understatement to say that it is one of the most interesting and beautiful cities of the world. The immensely creative individuals who called the city home at one time or another include painters, Titian, Bellini, Tintoretto; composer, Vivaldi; astronomer-mathematician, Galileo; lover and general low-life, Cassanova… and for a short time in the early 16th century, the universal genius, Leonardo.

This is a sequel to a photograph, The Venetian's Venice I, shot no more than 30 meters away. I will "hang it" in the private group Life on the Venetian Canals where it can be viewed as part of a slide show.

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