Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Rising Water

There were several things about Venice that surprised me. This water in St. Mark's Square was one. I had read about the acqua alta flooding that happens when a storm surge and high tide coincide, but didn't realize that just a normal high tide causes water to rise up into the Square, too. This water was ankle-deep in places making it impossible to walk across the Square without taking your shoes off. It covered some of the walkway along this arcade and seeped into a few shops as well.
Tourists standing in line to enter the Basilica and the Campanile weren't deterred at all by the water. They simply stood on the portable walkways provided for these high water events. We actually saw stacks of these walkways all over the city...

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