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Venice is a compact city; you can wander around aimlessly and still not lose your way.
We headed to Piazza di San Marco (St. Marks Plaza) where St. Marks cathedral and the Campanile stands. The Campanile is the original clock tower, upon which Sather Tower on the campus of UC Berkeley is based. Puddles of water accumulated in the plaza after a flood during high tide. A raised walkway hoisted on scaffolding allowed us to walk over the puddles. Since Venice gets flooded around 60 times a year, scaffolding is ready at all times. Inside the cathedral, a priest chastised me for wearing a baseball cap once again (see Notre Dame).
Next we strolled to the Rialto Bridge, one of the major bridges across the Grand Canal. It's wide enough to have gift and trinket stores in the middle band of the bridge. Pedestrians walk on either side of the stores.
We had dinner at Ristorante China Town, next to the Grand Canal, fairly close to the train station. The food was pretty good. We met two American women, one who had lived in Venice for over 7 years. "I heard that Venice is sinking." She scoffed and said that it wasn't sinking. Rather the water is rising due to global warming.
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