|Strike up the band: A couple on the Giudecca try to exert some control over the opening series of lightening flashes|
Summer storms in Venice come on like the apocalypse, and if you find yourself trapped by one beneath an arcade or, more fortunately, in a little bar on the Giudecca, as I was at the end of last week, you can wonder if you'll ever see your home and loved ones again. But they rage--never losing their conviction--for just a half hour or so and then move on, usually leaving behind them, like a note of contrition for getting so carried away, a beautifully clear view of the mountains around Venice.
|This sailing cruise ship headed out to sea while the storm was at its worst|
|The rain doesn't let up, even as the sky begins to clear to the northwest|