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Partying In Venice
Partying In Venice
Festa del Redentore, Venice, July 2014.

My first time in Venice was bracketed around an ancient Venetian festival. To celebrate the end of a terrible plague in 1576, a Votive Church, was commissioned and designed by Palladio and built on the island of Guidecca which faces Doge’s palace and Saint Marco. During the Festa, boats gather in the stretch of water between the two islands. A pontoon bridge is formed and the doge and his senators cross to attend Mass. For the high and mighty, it may be a solemn and religious occasion, but for everyone else, it seems, it’s an excuse for a bit of a party.

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Hundreds of boats crowd the waters and on the quayside, a great spectacle was seeing the fishing trawlermen’s lively party, squeezed in between the more sedate, and security conscious to the point of paranoid, fenced off super yacht’s affairs.

The evening is crowned off with fireworks, and our roof terrace position afforded a splendid view not just of the fireworks, but also of others watching from their own roofs.

How fortunate it is to have friends with high places.

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