After visiting Venice for the first time last year, I’m always on the lookout for stories about it. Its beauty and “strangeness” was stunning, so even after a lifetime of seeing Venice photos I was not prepared - it was visually overwhelming and I had trouble doing it photographic justice. I needed a few more days to get a better feel for the place but that was time we didn’t have, not to mention no hotel rooms available due to the Venice Biennale, a huge art exhibition that attracts hipsters from around the world.
Unfortunately, its long-term sinking problem (which seemingly had subsided) apparently continues… ”The frequency of floods in Venice is increasing, Bock said, and now about four or five times a year residents have to walk on wooden planks to stay above the floodwaters in large parts of the city. A multi-billion-dollar effort to install flood-protection walls that can be raised to block incoming tides is nearing completion, he said. The adjustable barriers were designed to protect the city from tides that are coming in higher as overall sea levels are rising in response to climate change.”