Orderly Oaks (Venezia 359)

The iconic oak briccole that criss-cross the lagoon fulfil a number of functions. Like the white lines of a road way they provide directional guidance. In remote reaches they support lamps that enable night time navigation. They mark the channels that have been dredged to allow safe passage away from the shallows and marshes where vessels … Continue reading Orderly Oaks (Venezia 359)


Telecom (Venezia 358)

Have I persuaded you to read The Dark Heart of Italy yet? Tobias Jones' frustrations with the bureaucracy of Italy are amusing at times, galling at others but I wonder if perhaps it says as much about the British as it does the Italians.  There's an air of Victor Meldrew about his tale of disaster … Continue reading Telecom (Venezia 358)

Fontana (Venezia 357)

I know that the hundreds of wellheads in the city are capped to prevent usage so that the foundations of La Serenissima are preserved. I know that the water from public fountains is of a high standard to discourage the purchase of bottled water and reduce waste processing and recycling costs. I know that there are … Continue reading Fontana (Venezia 357)

A Real Canal (Venezia 356)

It might seem a little perverse to stand on the Ponte dei Tre Archi and photograph its environment rather than the bridge itself, given its unique three arched design and perhaps it is, but the waterway passing beneath it is one of only three canals here (the narrower channels being rii).  The Cannaregio Canal doesn't have the breathtaking vistas that the Grand Canal provides courtesy of its churches and palazzi, but to my … Continue reading A Real Canal (Venezia 356)

Affected (Venezia 355)

I'm not a fan of some of the special effects that come with most photo processing packages; the sort of thing where at the click of a button you can render your image into a mosaic, a pencil sketch, an oil painting.  It's snobbery really, but I want to preserve the image as a photograph … Continue reading Affected (Venezia 355)

All of a Flutter (Venezia 354)

With the notable exception of their football team, little inspires patriotism amongst the Italian populace.  The North/South divide would put the UK to shame, and you are more likely to see the rainbow flag than the Italian tricolour. Venice proudly flies the city's standard, Siena's terracotta is awash with the colours of the contrade, Sicily officially adopted the Trinacria at … Continue reading All of a Flutter (Venezia 354)

Going Postal (Venezia 353)

In his book The Dark Heart of Italy, Tobias Jones vents his disgust and frustration at numerous aspects of Italian life; crime, religion, football, television and above all politics.  Amongst the tales of corruption and vice one of his lesser targets is the level of bureaucracy that affects every aspect of daily life; I used to get … Continue reading Going Postal (Venezia 353)