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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Good Morning

At long last, I am getting a handle on my many, many photos from the Italian adventure. So for the next few weeks, I hope to post one every day.

You might guess that I took this one in Venice. The weather while we were there was often cloudy and even rainy, but there were a couple of times when the sun shone. Venice is pretty magical in any weather, but I liked how the water sparkled on the sunny days.

The striped mooring poles on the left are for tying up your boat when you come to the front door. Families had their own colors and the wealthier ones had the striped poles to mark the "parking places" in front of their palazzos. Now with water levels rising, some of those ground floors are abandoned because of frequent flooding.

Here's the Psalm for this morning:

Psalm 123

1To you I lift up my eyes, *
to you enthroned in the heavens.
2As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, *
and the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,
3So our eyes look to the LORD our God, *
until he show us his mercy.
4Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy, *
for we have had more than enough of contempt,
5Too much of the scorn of the indolent rich, *
and of the derision of the proud.




2 comments:

  1. How beautiful it looks Penny, though I suspect the reality may fall short of ideal.
    Global warming must be a serious consideration for people living there.

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    1. You know, Ray, we found Venice to be enchanting, peeling plaster and crowds and all. But the permanent population has dwindled to about 60,000 people (with the same number of visitors) and the reality is that 1) the water levels are having serious repercussions and 2) there are yards and yards of red tape attached to any renovation efforts for people who are trying to rehabilitate these many hundreds of year old buildings. And of course everything has to be boated in. Still, there is no place like it that I've ever seen. We are grateful that we got the chance to be there for a bit.

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