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As we got closer to the Riva dei Sette Martiri facing the lagoon, the reality of the tide going out began to really mean something.  The combined force of the water channeling out of the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal toward the sea hit the embankment approximately at the end of via Garibaldi.  Lino said he'd never seen anything like this, and he's seen every acqua alta in 70 years.  Walking against this was like walking against an Alpine torrent.

As we got closer to the Riva dei Sette Martiri facing the lagoon, the reality of the tide going out began to really mean something. The combined force of the water channeling out of the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal toward the sea hit the embankment approximately at the end of via Garibaldi. Lino said he’d never seen anything like this, and he’s seen every acqua alta in 70 years. Walking against this was like walking against an Alpine torrent.

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As you see, not everybody got the memo that the city was afflicted with a desperate situation.  This is Venice with acqua alta: People waist-deep in the Piazza San Marco carrying their suitcases on their heads, people sitting in cafes as the water laps at their chairs, and some people (they were French, for the record) who think it's all more fun than seeing elephants on a roller-coaster.  So take your pick.  Tragedy?  Comedy?  Just more work?

Image Data

Camera // Canon PowerShot ELPH 100 HS
Date Taken // 11-11-2012 04:18
Dimensions // 550 x 338
Aperture // f/5
Focal Length // 14.955mm
ISO // 100
Shutter Speed // 0.30 seconds
Lino is assessing the situation as we near the edge of the Riva.  As you can tell, there's relatively little to assess.  If you're still standing up, you're okay.