Its morning. Today we are going to the fishing village of Chioggia (key oh ja). Its a short and lovely boat ride. Chioggia has a modest local fish market of stuff just caught and often still twitching. Things like Scampi are 8 euro a kg. Bargain! Its a buzzing place. Bit stinky though. We were there early but as the day warmed up to 32 degrees the market ripened in the sun…….

 

Chioggia is a lovely place. Venice does have residents, but they get lost amongst the tourists (I think I heard 30 million a year as a figure). Chiogga is a bit more “real”. It probably deserved more time than it got.

We went up the 150 steps to the bell tower for a look and a bit of breeze (32 degrees). Its a lovely spot. Theres little historical pieces, paintings etc Im not quite sure what these paintings are about……

In the churches sometimes theres images of animals throwing up people they have eaten on the day of reckoning. Giving their dead back to god. Not so sure why the horse is eating a person……

In Venice the lagoon and the canals are roads, so everything you might see on a road is floating past.

 

Theres a big boating culture here. Lots of Europeans come here for summer vacation. Chioggia has a big market where clothes and food are very well priced. The first photo is of a statue of the Virgin Mary. It was caught in a fishermans nets, so he set it up in the middle of the lagoon.

 

On the way back we passed boats training for a race day coming up. Its a stand up style of rowing similar to a gondaleer. Theres buildings everywhere on these islands leaning and sloping. It does have a falling down feel…

 

And then back to the River Countess for a rest and refreshments…

 

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