Enjoying acqua alta

This young fellow is not letting a little bit of high water spoil his day, it seems.

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And, for those of you who may not understand the terminology of blogging, here is a visual aide for you:

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31 responses to “Enjoying acqua alta

  1. Bridget

    Love both ! That cartoon is hilarious! Thanks for the laugh.

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  2. PS. I just saw your answer as soon as I posted.

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  3. Is the walkway purpose built for high water or is it just a convenient railing?

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  4. I’m sure acqua alta is a pain in the bum for residents, but we thought it was fun when we were there.

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  5. GREAT action shot – and like the water humor – but also the whole picture has so many things to take in.
    and cool blog comic – ha!

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  6. Nice picture and great visual aid!

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  7. Caroline

    Hardly any acqua alta this winter so far – just 2 or 3 days, back in November I think. (Hope these aren’t famous last words!)

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    • We didn’t hear you say that, Caroline. It’ll probably happen in May, to welcome me. 🙂

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      • Andante

        How did Caroline miss them? We had four in one week in early December! I hate Aqua Alta, it seems to inconvenience everyone, – but as we always take our wellies to Venice, we cope – not as well as the Venetians, but pretty well, especially by knowing where will be affected, and devising alternative routes to where we need to be.
        Hope we encountered everyone else’s share, so that the next few months are relatively “Aqua Normal”

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        • I wonder when the rain will arrive? Probably about the time my train from Florence pulls in on 27 April. Sigh.

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        • Caroline

          Ach, “4 days in early December” is pretty similar to “2 or 3 days, back in November I think”, isn’t it? 🙂 Anyway, we’ve only had that one set so far & that was only up to about 125, I think. The first winter we lived here there were dozens of alarms, including one of 153 (the only one which would have been above my welly height for places I normally go – luckily it was Sunday & I didn’t need to go out!)

          I agree, on the vast majority of occasions you just need to keep your wellies handy if necessary, having checked the tide forecast (http://www.comune.venezia.it/flex/AppData/Local/bollettinoMaree.pdf).

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      • You’ve had a string of low tides I understand, Caroline. Was it noticeable in the canal you cross to get out of your apartment complex?

        How is Mimi coping with winter? Snug and sleeping no doubt.

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        • Caroline

          Mm, the water has seemed unusually low nearly all the time for ages, everywhere. Our new local canal has occasionally been a bit whiffy when I’ve gone out but nothing excessive. And did you hear a man still managed to die after falling into the canal outside the Papadopoli hotel the other week, despite exceptionally low water? And also in spite of the best efforts of the passing illegally-present Kosovan lad who immediately dived in to try to save him – and has been rewarded with a permesso di soggiorno on humanitarian grounds, which is nice. It all seemed a bit mysterious – unless I’ve missed a development, the paper didn’t suggest what the man died of or how he came to fall in. Although drink may have been taken.

          The canals are nice and quiet now too – the Grand Canal is sometimes like oil when I come home at night. Ooh, and while admiring the sunset waiting for a boat from Ospedale this aft, I saw a helicopter ambulance landing on the new rooftop landing pad!

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        • Caroline

          Oh and yes, Mimi sleeps nearly all the time! Altogether now… “I’ve got a cat, she’s white and grey; I’ve got a cat and she sleeps all day!” (Song from a kids’ English book.)

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        • Are you still having a lot of late classes, like last year, Caroline?

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        • Caroline

          Yes, I think I’m now up to about 28 hours teaching a week, Philip currently about 36 but will be pushing 50 next month!! :=O

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        • My gosh, Mimi is going to forget who you folks are! Keep taking the vitamin pills and prosecco!

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  8. It doesn’t look very deep Yvonne. I think he was safe enough. Love the cartoon.

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  9. sunsetdragon

    Now that boy has the right idea about getting around in a flood, or I assume it is a flood. Love your terminology of blogging.

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    • That photo is from Piazza San Marco in Venice. It is very prone to become affected by high tides. Those raised walkways are set out in the Piazza (and other areas around Venice) when tides of certain levels are forecast for the city. Sometimes the water can get quite high, but with the low tide, it generally leaves and things dry out.

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  10. Good chuckle from both pics.

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