That's why Ive always wished I could live in Europe - you can just Go See Venice if you want to.As always, great story and pictures. The birds kind of bother me too.
Thanks for the interesting story! I wish Venice had less turists, though. That's why I prefer to wander the alleys far from the overcrowded areas... Seagulls can be aggressive when they feel any need to do so (food, normally). Here we have a growing problem with a booming population, largely made up of a large species, the yellow-legged seagull (Larus Michaellis). Many seagulls search for food in trash containers and become a nuisance when they break open and scavenge through black plastic bags (this method of trash deposition is now largely replaced by dustbins or wheeled containers). While seagulls also work as "cleaners" (they eat dead pigeons, for instance - I captured this behavior on camera a few times), their numbers - and especially their droppings - pose a serious problem to the town hall. A friend who does volunteer work for a stray cat rescue group once saw a large seagull snatching food from a cat colony before a trio of bewildered (and humiliated…) cats!
Poop laden missles! Ha! True. I would like to see Venice.
Venice is special, but it does have a tourist problem ;-)I love the bridges and small streets. I love the hidden places and the small churches. The little glassware shops. And on the big bridge (oh, the name...!) there was a little hand-made book shop where the owner actually makes the books himself. Leather binding, handmade paper, the real deal. It's such a jewel of a place, ageing wonderfully and gracefully. My father used to joke about getting shat on by seagulls as a sign of good luck - so if you need the luck, just go to the square and stand there with arms open and you shall receive.Oh, and the astounding variety of marble on St Mark's basilica...I could ramble about this... maybe I should do a typecast just on Venice.
The big bridge in Venice is Ponte di Rialto; it's where I was standing when I took the first photo ;)Venice makes for a good writing prompt, doesn't it? Even if one has never been, the name alone brings up enough images to write an essay. And as you have been, Rino, you have no excuse not to - looking forward to seeing your post!
a-ha! you called me up on it. Here it is:http://rino.blogspot.com/2011/02/venice-typecast.html(and there's still more to be said about Venice...)