You just never know

The other day I was doing a bit of blog surfing. You know, where you see a comment on a blog , and that leads to another blog, and so on.

For some reason, a particular heading caught my eye, and as I read the content I was zapped back to the spring of 1945 . (Not literally zapped back, you understand.)

My memories are sparse about the event, but I do recall that my  brother and I had spotted a large balloon drifting over one of the fields on our farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. I can remember we went to look at the balloon where it had landed, and told our parents about this strange finding.

My next recollection is of members of the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) arriving at our farm, and that’s where my memories end.

During the latter part of WWII the Japanese released thousands of balloons carrying incendiary bombs into the jet stream over the Pacific Ocean, with the intent of  them reaching western North America. The bombs would have destroyed property, caused deaths and started forest fires.

There were no reports of serious damage at any of the sites in Saskatchewan or elsewhere in Canada. In the United States, however, five youths and an adult were killed when a group of picnickers detonated a live Japanese bomb that had come down in a forested area of Oregon. Ironically, a balloon bomb also destroyed the power source to an atomic research plant in Washington State; this power outage briefly interrupted production of the two atomic bombs which were being prepared for delivery to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

(The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan)

And now I wonder. Could it have been one of those Japanese balloons that my brother and I found, which were kept secret from the Canadian and American public, not only to prevent panic, but also to prevent the Japanese government gaining knowledge of the success or otherwise of their attempts to cause damage and demoralisation? It’s so frustrating that there is no one alive for me to ask about this.

Here is one article about this little known happening during WWII. If you use a search term such as Japanese fire bombs WWII, you’ll find even more documentation.






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Via Garibaldi, Castello

This rather drab looking building began life in the 15th century, with the third floor added in the 17th century. (According to Egle Trincanato, Venetian domestic architecture)


Keen eyed readers will note that the bar at the corner, with the red awning, is the very one featured at the top of my blog page. It’s the bacaro Strani, a good place for cicchetti and an aperitivo, for instance a spritz. (Campari, please.)

It’s also an ideal place to sit and watch the afternoon passegiata. (The gathering of people of all ages for a time of strolling, chatting, walking the dog, showing off the new baby, doing some shopping for the evening meal.)


The overcast, drizzly day didn’t help much in my attempts to present this dwelling in a better light. Maybe you can find it on a nicer day, with soft sunlight caressing those ancient walls.


Still, the windows, balcony and the ornamental motifs do add a touch of grace to this example of domestic architecture.



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I hit the publish key a little too soon, so you may have received the draft version of a post on a 15th century dwelling in Castello.

My apologies. Normal transmission will resume after I have a cup of coffee, and the corrected post should appear tomorrow.




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OK, I confess

I really like Chioggia, and will be going there again, for sure.

The area where you enter Chioggia via the water route from the Lido is packed with interesting things to see, and plenty of little side lanes to wander in.

Here are some things that caught my eye.

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No cars may enter this area!

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He looks like he’s buffing his finger nails.

They’ve got shrines for all occasions.

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They have 3 cousins who own a fishing boat.

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And, there are many other types of boats.

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Andrew, is this tempting you?

There’s more, but I’ll leave that for another day when I’m wondering what in heck I should put on my blog. (You can sign up for my wonderful course: Lazy Blog Writer 101, just send a voucher for a spritz Campari. You won’t regret it, and neither will I.)


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Something for you to find in Venice

To locate this doorway, just go to the Lista Vecchia dei Bari, in Santa Croce. There’s a lot to admire.





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The old butcher shop

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I think one or two of you may be just old enough to remember when the local butcher shop looked somewhat like this.

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In a side street, an outdoor dining area. They serve good coffee and dolce!

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What a great idea: Carpe Gelato.


If you’re looking for a B&B in Chioggia, the affable gent on the right just happens to have one.


Many of the rubbish cans were decorated to show the influence of fishing on this island.

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The lion of San Marco stands guard in Chioggia.



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