about venice in words & pics, with and without my 9-year-old son
At first sight I took this for a sacrilegious demolition of a priceless gem on the Canal grande. Had to zoom in (on my phone) to understand the title! Now the photograph gives me a pleasant feeling of peace.By the way will you be commenting on the break-up of the children's birthday party on the campo San Giacomo? (La Nuova di Venezia). My thoughts are that the law seems to be flouted in so many ways in Venice (as elsewhere) that, for once, the police would have been justified in saying they had no officers available to go and check. Inhabitants of Venice= highly endangered species, as in many other tourist destinations.
I can understand why you'd think that, Rosalind, but I'm glad you zoomed in and saw that what I hoped to get across in some way was the pleasure of being out in the early morning, and seeing the ordinary life of the city (of any city)--garbage collection, a work break to read the paper, etc--going on against the backdrop of a place like Ca' D'Oro.I agree with what you say about the ticketing of the children's party, but if I wasn't careful this blog could easily turn into Venice Daily Indignation--there's no end of it, and I'm far too inclined to go in that direction. But you'll be happy to hear, if you haven't seen already, that another party was held in the same Campo by adults as a response to that children's b-day party being broken up. As a sign that Venetians were going to insist on exercising their right to their own public property. And the vigili, after all the disapproval they'd already received, steered well clear of this party. Hopefully, an important point has been made. And it's one that some people here are committed to making again and again if need be.
No, I hadn't read about the latest development. That is good news.
Yes, people here--at least some of them--aren't just giving in, Rosalind.