acqua-alta

An exceptionally high tide (or acqua alta) on Sunday inundated %70 of the city of Venice. While the entire city struggles against subsidence, some areas are more at risk than others. This map, prepared by Virginia W. Mason and National Geographic Society, shows the areas of the city most at risk, 2009

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Woke up this morning to find a very extreme case of Acqua Alta (high water) outside my front door. This is essentially the Venetian equivalent of a snow day. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to find it raining and flooded!

San Marco was hit particularly badly, to the point where the water crept up and into my wellies. I may have to invest in thigh high waders for the future! My lovely warm socks are now a wee bit soggy.

Almond tart and tea are the only way forward now that I am tucked up in my flat with the heating on and an essay to write. Nothing will make me leave again, I only need my duvet and cake to be happy for the rest of my life!