VENICE - Page 2
Judy enjoyed the ladies' fashion displays...
There were also men's suits - very nice ... and very expensive of course.
Nevertheless, fun to admire!
Amazing wood carvings. Check out the motorcycle.
We took time to visit the Peggy Guggenheim Collection of Contemporary Art.
Yes, she was one of the famous American Guggenheim family. While personally I'm not as fussy about contemporary art as Judy, I really did find this particular museum fascinating. Here are a few photos:
No, the above statue does NOT include the seated figure - that's me, and I can move!!!
The same applies for the following scene, though I do blend in nicely with the background!
Peggy is buried on the site, with her favourite cat.
One of the more adult-oriented statues in the collection captured much audience attention. It was located just outside the main building in a closed courtyard overlooking the canal. I enjoyed watching people do a double-take on first view and then display a juvenile smirk as they studied this rather freedom-first approach to horseback riding!!! I've located the photo on a separate page so as not to shock those of you who have not contemplated "slipping the surly bonds of earth!" For the curious, just click HERE!
Venice is noted of course for its canals and other watery surroundings such as at right, but lately, perhaps due to global warming, there are more frequent incidents of flooding in the low lying areas.
We observed such a situation as we walked toward the Guggenheim Collection Art Museum. A low lying square and adjacent streets were totally inundated.
To an American couple, it came as quite a shock to find that the square where they were to meet their tour group and guide was now under water! We suggested that they should check with their agent as it was logical that the meeting location would have been changed, but with typical Yankee determination, they removed their shoes and socks, rolled up their pant legs and doggedly sloshed their way to the square! We didn't stick around to see if the tour was in fact marshaled there, in a marine environment, and hoped that their efforts weren't in vain.
As we continued our trek, we did see how the city handled these situations. Many alleys contained ramps or temporary walkways in anticipation of flooding. At right I'm wending my way along a series of such structures.
Evidently there is an ongoing major program to set up protective sea dikes, mechanically controlled, to be activated when high tides are forecast. I guess time will tell whether Venice is destined to become the next Atlantis!
The Venetian Ghetto was the area of Venice in which Jews were compelled to live under the Venetian Republic commencing in the 16th century. It is from its name, in the Venetian language, that the word "ghetto", used in many languages, is derived. Today, the Ghetto is still a center of Jewish life in the city of Venice, and is home to five synagogues, a yeshiva, two kosher restaurants, several Judaica shops, and a Chabad synagogue run by Chabad of Venice. Although only around 300 of Venice's roughly 1,000 Jews still live in the Ghetto, many return there during the day for religious services in the two synagogues which are still used (the other three are only used for guided tours, offered by the Jewish Community Museum).
The main square is shown at right. I'm not sure who the men are, perhaps soldiers or more probably Venetian policemen, to ensure no travesties might occur.
Curiously, there were few tourists on site, though this may have been due the relatively inauspicious location and lack of signs.
At left is a Jewish candelabra called a Menorah that was in one of the shop windows. The Menorah has been a symbol of Judaism since ancient times and is the emblem on the coat of arms of the modern state of Israel.
This beautiful piece is made of the finest Murano glass.
We took time to visit this historic site. While it was fascinating, the tragic memories of what occurred during the Second World War dominated our thoughts! As the words from a Peter, Paul And Mary song goes: "When will they ever learn ... "
A relative's gelateria?
Ah, it's a tough life, eh?
After this too short visit, it was pick up our car, and then
off to Tuscany !
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