The Grand Canal fogged

The Grand Canal (Canal Grande, Venetian: Canałasso) is the major water-traffic corridor in Venice. The Grand Canal probably follows the course of an ancient river (possibly a branch of the Brenta) flowing into the lagoon.

At one end, the canal leads into the lagoon near the Santa Lucia railway station and the other end leads into Saint Mark Basin; in between, it makes a large S-shape through the central districts (sestieri) of Venice. It is 3,800 m long, 30–90 m wide, with an average depth of five meters.

The banks of the Grand Canal are lined with exquisite and beautiful pallazos and churches (more than 170) buildings, most of which date from the 13th to the 18th century. They and demonstrate the welfare and art of the Republic of Venice. Amongst the most famous are Ca’ d’Oro,Ca’ Rezzonico, Palazzo Dario, Ca’ Foscari, Palazzo Barbarigo, Ca’ Vendramin Calergi, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, housing the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, etc. The churches along the canal include the basilica of Santa Maria della Salute.

Because most of the city’s traffic goes along the Canal rather than across it, only one bridge crossed the canal until the 19th century, the Rialto Bridge. There are currently three more bridges, Ponte degli Scalzi, Ponte dell’Accademia and Ponte della Costituzione.

Ponte degli Scalzi is the one you see on the first photo. And then the last picture was taken after we passed Santa Maria della Salute. What you don’t see and what is comfortably covered by the fog is the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. I’ve always dreamt of such a weather. Especially in the morning the fog was so thick you couldn’t see the other side of the canal. It was cold and damp as well but being in Venice makes me so happy. I love this city. It is so tender and gentle. Many other cities in such a weather are horrible places to be in. In Moscow I wouldn’t even think of going out. But Venice makes any type of weather beautiful and the city itself is always hospitable.

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