Seventh Day

This morning we did not have breakfast at the motel, so we stopped in a little convenient store while still at the lake and bought some food. We sat around for a while than left for Venice. We were going to do some hiking, but the dolomite was closed down completely. Between ski and summer season everything is closed, the cable cars, restaurants, hotels....(usually in May every year).

Anyway, we wanted to spend as much time in Venice as we could.


We arrived there about 2 p.m. We parked our van in a parking garage at Rome square and walked to our hotel. It was a good thing to have David around...He was not only our bus driver, but also he could find everything very quick. We did not really like this hostel too much, but at least it was in the heart of Venice and  In minutes we had dropped our bags and were ready to go.

We all wanted to visit SAN MARCO WHICH  IS THE HEART OF VENICE. First we Went to the Saint Mark's Basilica. The Basilica is a wonderful example of Byzantine Venetian architecture. It used to be the Doge's chapel but it was also the mausoleum for Saint Mark, the patron saint, whose life is narrated in the golden mosaics on the walls.

The basilica originally built for this purpose, begun in 829, was burned during a revolt in 976; the present structure, one of the most beautiful buildings in Europe, was completed in 1071. The plan is an Eastern symmetrical Greek cross (see church) surmounted by five domes. The design is distinctly Byzantine, and both Byzantine and Italian architects and craftsmen probably worked on it. The interior is decorated with mosaics on a gold background; the floor is of inlaid marble and glass. In the restricted light their colours glow fantastically. Over the centuries, the church has benefited richly from the addition of sculptures, mosaics, and ceremonial objects.  Saint Mark's Basilica.(" Britannica Concise Encyclopedia." 2004.  Encyclopędia Britannica.)

After climbing the tower of San Marco  we all were ready to play with the pigeons. Here are some of our pictures feeding them. You can buy bird seed all over San Marco....Venetians must like to have millions of pigeons around (sure they looked healthy and well fed...some were very fat like some Americans with too much tasty, but unhealthy food).



We all heard stories about the problems Venice has to face with the rising sea-level.

I found this information:

The major problem in Venice is the subsidence of the ground on which Venice is built, combined with ever higher tides caused by rising sea levels. When storm winds blow from the south, the Adriatic floods the lagoon, causing acqua alta, or high water. Under certain weather conditions, the flooding can be catastrophic. Venetians have kept up with the rising water by raising the level of floors and pavement. This has deformed elegant buildings, created awkward doorways, and left very little room to keep building up in advance of acqua alta.

Another alarming sign is the green ring of algae at the high-water mark. Ominously, this line has crept above the impermeable foundation stones that have long kept saltwater from seeping into walls, slowly destroying buildings from within. Infrared images show that the saltwater is indeed inside doing its damage.

Venetians, however, are not without a plan to save their city. Engineers have proposed a multibillion-dollar series of gates that will rise off the seafloor at the entrances of the lagoon whenever acqua alta is forecast, holding the sea back until the high tides subside (Watch a video about the proposed gates) .

By blocking the canal water Venetians can insulate their foundations






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