Dubrovnik is a fantastic walled city. Reminds me of Rothenberg in Germany. Both have a tall stone wall encircling the main village. Thanks to visiting cruise ships, overcrowding is making life unbearable for residents … and tourists alike. Venice is suffering the same problem and recently announced… Read the rest
We have spoken a lot about Venice. Read our July blog that focus on moving the gigantic ships away from the islands with berthing at the mainland. Tenders will bring folks over from huge ships.
Step 2 is a beginning of a limit to the number of visitors allowed. Before they put in turnstiles, they are trying… Read the rest
After multiple false starts and a lot of debate, it looks like the government is about to announce a major change to the way the mega-ships are docked. The Mayor of Venice is Luis Brugnaro and he said that the Chamber of Commerce has agreed to berth cruise ships bigger than 100,000 tons in the port of Marghera… Read the rest
If you’ve sailed into Venice, you’ve traveled down the Giudecca Canal (the main one) and looked down at the ants walking around. It’s like Godzilla sailing in – ships dwarf the little town. This is not an amusement park – the residents hate it…and it’s helping to erode the edges of the buildings.… Read the rest
Venice is a pretty neat place. Located about a mile from the mainland, it is a mecca of shopping and dining. How did it get all the way out to sea?? The short story is that the Italians (before it was called Italy) were escaping from the hordes of Huns, Hells Angels and Tatars who regularly invaded and did their… Read the rest
I give lectures about Venice, Italy. I explain how it got to be there and its evolution as the financial center of old Europe. I’ve been there three times via giving talks on Cruise ships. A good deal.
The city has been sinking. The structures on those small islands are held up by thousands of long … Read the rest