We were warned about potential flooding and we were able to circumnavigate the flood areas yesterday.
This morning was quite another matter. After breakfast we decided to take a walk to Saint Mark’s Square. The first surprise was the waterfront was hosting a marathon. It was quite the scene. The morning light was ideal. The wind and waves were spirited. The marathon was well attended with an enthusiastic audience.
What most observers did not see was San Marco square was slowly flooding from tidal waters. We soon realized so was much of Venice.
In an attempt to route ourselves around the flooding waters we realized we were slowly but surely running out of high ground.
Add day trippers and thousands of tour groups from newly arrived cruise ships and you can imagine the crowds, confusion and growing angst.
All that said, we managed to find our way back to our hotel, the courtyard also flooded. In the spirit of ‘when the going gets tough, the tough go to lunch’ and so we did. Two Aperol Spritz and a large Greek salad, please!
And now we are back at the hotel, planning our departure from Venice and the end of our incredible Italy adventure.
A big thanks to all our friends, old and new, and family for all the comments and good wishes.
Here are a few final pictures. If time permits we may also send a post with a few “goofy” shots we found funny!
Love to all,