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It is that time of year when you are supposed to be leafing through the brochures and deciding where you are going to escape to on holiday. Well, I have never been to Venice and people say that you have to visit Venice before you die otherwise you haven't lived. Winter is actually supposed to be a good time to go - less heat and fewer tourists - though still the same expense. Elder Daughter (who has been) said that she and her husband paid 62 euros for a twenty minute ride in a gondola. However she said that she thought it worthwhile and all very beautiful, though I am not sure really whether it would be that much better that a punt in high summer in the Grantchester meadows.

The thought did strike me that we could possibly just remove all the flood defences and turn York and Leeds and other such watery places into new Venices. So much of Italy is only trompe d'oeil anyway, so a few talented artists with a liberal supply of paint could probably transform our unenterprising terraces into supreme examples of the Italian renaissance. But of course if we did that it would stop raining and there wouldn't be any water and the gondolas would have to be towed up and down the streets by gondoliers on bicycles. But at least the poor displaced inhabitants could then return to their homes. Still, here in South Wales we are due for the next deluge - Storm Frank - in a few hours. Our house is on the side of a hill, at least 100 feet above the river. But it is built on the side of an old railway cutting which in my nightmares becomes Cowbridge's version of The Grand Canal. We would topple into it and be carried away to the sea at Aberthaw. Already the skies are greying. . . sherry in inclemencies and vintage port in storms.

If anyone here is flooded then my deep sympathy. I suggest you use the insurance money to book a happy time in Venice, though if you have more of a leaning towards the Sahara, who could blame you.

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Posted at 29th Dec 2015 - 03:56PM   Posted by Fennie   Another Flooded City Comments: 7

Faith's Avatar I'd like to go to Venice too. Looks beautiful but probably tourists get ripped off.... 62 euros, what's that? - £50 def too much!

Posted by: Faith on 29th Dec 2015 at 04:05PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Very beautiful but heaving with tourists. And now they have vast cruise ships as well. The twice I have been lucky enough to go there it was incredibly hot. And expensive, even then, a lot of years ago.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 29th Dec 2015 at 05:55PM

Camilla's Avatar I would love to go to Venice but most probably in the winter time as not so hot which would be more agreeable for me. Not that I can see on the cards that I might go any day soon that isVery Happy

Hope the Storm Frank whizzes by you Fennie without too much disruption or any floods. Really worrying for folk with all the floods at the moment.

About an hour ago here the winds have let rip and are quite fierce rain is on its way too later today but we live on high grounds and about 1 hour from the coast .

Posted by: Camilla on 30th Dec 2015 at 01:39AM

Fennie's Avatar No, no chance of me going either, and I am sure I would have gone if I had really wanted to, but the place serves as dream fodder.Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 30th Dec 2015 at 09:44AM

Camilla's Avatar Well at least we have the dream fodders FennieVery Happy

I had a dream in the night, it was I thought someone tapping on the door and saying to me ..... Have you any shampoo I can borrow, then later someone saying quick quick ring emergency services the whole of the French windows have blown in and there is glass all over the floor. Heck what that was all about!Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 30th Dec 2015 at 02:15PM

Fennie's Avatar There are too many books and television programmes in which the gentleman comes knocking on the lady's door wanting to borrow shampoo or something else.
Rolling Eyes Did you let whoever it was in?

As for the other, you have reported so often on doors being slammed in your house that a dream about a door shattering, especially at a time of wind and rain, is surely not surprising. As for glass over the floor - is this not another version of walking on eggshells? Clearly the emergency services (firemen? Rolling Eyes) would be desirable and maybe it was them after the shampoo, you never know! Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 30th Dec 2015 at 03:14PM

Camilla's Avatar No did not let him in as it was only a dream FennieVery Happy as for the fireman he said he would be arriving on 2nd January by the way for our party on BHTBS.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 31st Dec 2015 at 01:13AM

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