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August, 1993

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VENICE: This is a pedestrian's city - cars are nonexistent, and narrow paths and canals take the place of city roads. Dark paths emerge into clear, bright daylight of a church-filled square. We wandered over many bridges, each with different architecture, that span the city's canals. The city is built on 117 small islands, and is linked to the mainland service town of Mestre by a road and rail causeway. Watch out for the glass makers. We spent our reserve money, $300, on a vase. This vase will stand as a 'monument to our stupidy.' Hopefully, the lesson learned (don't buy ridiculously expensive souvenirs) will protect us from impulse buying.
Venitian Waterways.