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Trip Report Venice - another trip report (deja vu all over again)

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Well, we've arrived. About 30 hours door to door to door. The starting door was in Melbourne, the ending door in Venice. Travelled via Dubai, the airport that keeps just getting bigger. They've installed a railroad between terminals A and B/C - I'm anticipating that next they'll create a small airline to provide transport between terminals.

Dubai's like that - big stuff, even bigger stuff, world's biggest you name it.

Sigmund Freud would understand. Mine's bigger than yours, so there.

Italians have emigrated to Australia in big numbers. I remember meeting Phillipo, a concrete layer, who returned to Australia after being held in Aus as a POW. He liked the place, and returned to the land of his captivity, and trowelled up my uncle's sheep dip in 1954. Well, we Emirated to Italy, Venezia. Arrival was fairly well painless except for the weather.

I believe that the northing equinox was about 20th March, marking the start of the northern Spring. So this had me wondering why on earth it was SNOWING in Venice on March 25th. Yeah, climate change, global warming / cooling, whatever, but I just put it down to Venetian perversity. Venice is a bit like that - a town built in a swamp, becoming a huge military and commercial power, before yielding to the excesses of Carnivale, gambling and hairdressing. Great big wet flakes of snow drifting down as we traversed the lagoon in a water taxi, small snow drifts making the bridges slippery.

There's nominally a ten hour time difference between Melbourne and Italy - but in the case of Venice, make that time difference about one hundred and fifty years plus ten hours. It's rather delightful - dragging our stuff down Calle del Oche - the Street of the Goose. I don't know why we are in Goose Street. Maybe there was a goose butcher here five hundred years ago, maybe there was a bloke living here who was nick named "the Goose". Giuesppi the Goose, maybe. Who knows, and there are probably a dozen explanations. Venice is like that - Carlo Scarpa, Venetian philosopher, once said "I never tell a lie, but the truth not to everyone".

So I've given up on trying to find the truth about Venice.

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