We captured this photograph while cruising the famous Grand Canal of Italy. While I’m not certain, I imagined that this man was making his morning commute to the office.
You see, Venice has no cars, or even bicycles for that matter. To get around in Venice, you have two choices: foot or boat.
Venice consists of roughly 250,000 people living on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. Because of this unique topography, and the remarkable history of this northern Italian city, the entire city and its surrounding lagoon are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Here is a very typical canal scene in Venice. Here you can see resident boats parked alongside the canal, one of the 400+ bridges, and the adjacent buildings soaring 4-5 stories above the narrow canal.
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Google Earth Map of Venice
Evidently, there are no historical records to tell us when Venice was founded, but historians seems to agree that the city began with refugees from nearby Roman cities fleeing Germanic and Hun invaders.
As you might imagine, the early residents became expert fisherman and boatsmen. And remarkably, some 2,000 years later, that is still the case in this most unusual city.
My case in point? Most people, when they think of Venice, evoke mental images of a gondola floating down a Venetian canal.
Bio: The Roaming Boomers is a luxury travel blog spotlighting experience, adventure, learning and exploration. David and Carol Porter, Michigan natives who retired to Scottsdale, started the project in 2008 after the market collapse took away almost half of the savings they’d carefully put together to be able to retire at age 50.
The couple combined their years of entrepreneurship with a love of travel and set off to see if they could build success. The Roaming Boomers do occasionally accept free lodging, food and other gifts, but disclose that in their posts. They hope to build an audience of Baby Boomers who join them vicariously on their adventures. But they also hope to instill their love of travel so that the coming bubble of 79 million Boomers will join them.