Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Arrival of the Bride

Bride arriving in a motor boat, Torcello, Venetian Lagoon
A bride arriving in a motor boat
Torcello, Venetian Lagoon
Venice, September 2011

“In their flight from barbarians 1,500 years ago, the first Venetians landed here, prospering even after many left to found the city of Venice. As malaria took its toll and the island’s wool manufacturing was priced out of the market, Torcello became a ghost town. In the 16th century there were 10 churches and 20,000 inhabitants; today you’ll be lucky to see one of the island’s 16 permanent residents.”
(Fodor's Venice and Northern Italy)


cieldequimper said...

The lucky 16... Has she lost her husband already?

Dina said...

What fun!
Yesterday our TV news showed Venetians sloshing through flooded streets.