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Life on a Venice Canal

Everyone knows that Venice is a city of canals and no streets.
Everything that comes into Venice must arrive by boat.
If tide is too high, traffic in and out must stop

If tide is too high, traffic in and out must stop


Supplies delivery

Supplies delivery


Everything that moves around by Venice goes by foot or boat.
Personal_transport.jpg

Personal_transport.jpg

Everything that leaves Venice must go by boat.
Bucket by bucket

Bucket by bucket

I only really understood how "no roads" impacted daily life when I sat in my 3rd floor apartment overlooking a canal in a residential neighborhood.
Of course, I found watching life on a canal much more interesting than looking through thousands of gift shops and paying another 3 euro to look at another church.

An apartment across the canal was being remodeled. All the debris had to be hauled out bucket by bucket. All the new materials had to be brought in piece by piece, then hauled by hand to the apartment building, and carried up many flights of steps.
One day, someone in a neighboring apartment was moving out while all the constrution was coming in and out. He merely tied his boat to the other side of the delivery boat. One box at a time, he moveed everything out the apartment door, crossed over the delivery boat, jumped into his boat, stowed the box, retraced his steps over the delivery boat, and repeated the process until his boat was filled.
I assume he reversed the steps at his new apartment, because he returned with an empty boat and continued his work. I didn't see when the furnitre was moved.

The construction delivery was quite a process using a lift.
No sooner was it unloaded and the boat left than a group started checking the bill of lading to the order. Apparently, wrong materials were delivered. Later that afternoon, the workmen had to load another piece by piece, all the misshipped items. They did not have the luxury or a lift.

Congestion_in_the_canal.jpg

Congestion_in_the_canal.jpg

At one point the "moving boat" became untied and started floating down the canal. Other boats came through all the time and everything had to come to halt to make sure there was enough room.
UnLoad finished

UnLoad finished


Notice the man carrying a box is still moving out of his apartment.
Wrong_Shipment.jpg

Wrong_Shipment.jpg

The workers are loading the misshipment back onto another a boat.

I am fatigued just from watching all this. Time for some refreshment.

Spritz is an afternoon apertif. Every bar has its specialities

Spritz is an afternoon apertif. Every bar has its specialities

Posted by pscotterly 22:22 Archived in Italy Tagged venice_canals

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