02 July 2008

What’s wrong with this picture?

File this under “bad ideas.” In my short stay here I have become convinced that mega-size cruise ships passing through the Bacino are a serious menace to the lagoon’s delicate ecosystem, and Venice herself. When I see one towering over San Giorgio Maggiore and totally obscuring the whole island of Giudecca like this, I shudder.

But they are merely part of the problem, and less troubling to me than the so-called solution, the “oscillating buoyancy flap gates” currently being installed underwater. So proud are the city fathers of this effort! I’m told one can take a day trip to see the work in progress… (Anyone have the number for those bad boys of Greenpeace?)