Venice
2006
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I just fell in love with the peeling walls you see everywhere
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On the grand staircase
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Paul Newman keeps guard.
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and once outside again you see the fancy gondolas pass into the Giudecca
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past the dredges that are everywhere, clearing waterways, working against the inevitable flooding.
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The expensive gondola.
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Next morning I rode down the Grand Canal all the way. Here's the postoffice.
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The Rialto
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Palazzos and poles
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...and more.
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and more.
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We're called Gondoliere
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Finally, S. Maria della Salute
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Here I go again, fascinated by decay!
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In recent years, Venice merchants have decided to capitalize on Carnivale
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and offer marionettes (here of cats)
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and masks, to the casual tourist.
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Another pilgrimage to the past: to the Scuola Grande di San Marco, which for more than a hundred years has been a civic hospital