Friday, October 18, 2019

End of the Workweek Dredgery, This Morning

An essential part of Venice's "ordinary maintenance" is, as you can see in the image above, dredging the canals of the mud--and other things--that accumulate in them.

I'd be extremely interested in a chemical analysis of the muck that is hauled up out of the rii, but I suspect the mere sight of the black oily sludge being brought up today would go a long way toward dissuading all but the dimmest (or drunkest) of tourists from indulging in a swim in the city's waterways.


  1. The first time I encountered a drained - well, almost, just a gloopy mess at the bottom - Venetian canal, I was simply fascinated at the wear and erosion usually hidden from sight, and the odd patchwork repairs. The next time I returned, that section looked as serene as the rest … but I KNEW what was really there, beneath!!!

    1. They say it's a whole 'nother world on the waters of Venice, Ella, but, you're right, there's yet another one underneath them!