Shanks Pony in Venice.

@garymarsh6 (12094)
United Kingdom
March 1, 2017 4:08am CST
One usually associates Venice as a place of canals which is true but the city is made up of many little islands that are connected by bridges alternatively you can catch a water taxi, gondola or waterbus. The best way to see Venice though is on foot or rather by shanks pony! Venice is made up of 118 islands with 170 canals and 417 bridges connecting each island and crossing the canals. There are over 400 Gondolas in the city but only 3-4 licences are issued each year. The main entrance to many houses and grand palaces are along the banks of canals hence there was no need for grand alleyways which meander around the backs of the big houses beside the canals. There are over 400 palaces in Venice. It is a postmans nightmare as the addresses are not in any uniformed manner but are divided amongst the 6 districts. The whole city is like a maze if you are on foot and you need a fairly good map to get yourself where you want to go. Most people head towards the direction of St Marks Square and around 50,000 people visit it each day. You can find almost deserted streets and piazzas well away from this area. Venice is not really disabled friendly as you would need to be able to walk up steps to cross the bridges. The rewards are amazing views some of which are jaw dropping and take your breath away! The photo shows how higgledy piggledy the houses are along the tiny canals. They were built quite high and the alleyways were narrow to help keep the sun out as mostly the paths are in the shade during the day!
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@LadyDuck (122086)
• Switzerland
1 Mar
Hhiggledy piggledy is a funny phrase that I never heard, so I had to check what this means. If it means messy, chaotic, disorganized, this is exactly how I see Venice.
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@JudyEv (101136)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Mar
Higgledy piggledy is common around here - or at least well known although it isn't perhaps used so much nowadays. I agree, it is a funny term.
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@garymarsh6 (12094)
• United Kingdom
1 Mar
Haha you learn something new every day Anna. That is the beauty of this site. I meant it as being disorganized and all over the place!
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@LadyDuck (122086)
• Switzerland
1 Mar
@garymarsh6 Thank you Gary, you are right, I learn something new every day.
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@DianneN (59528)
• United States
1 Mar
You used several strange words here. I found Venice charming in every possible way.
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@garymarsh6 (12094)
• United Kingdom
1 Mar
They are English words DianneN. I imagine there are many words that you are not familiar with from the UK. I know there have been some American words I have had to look up on occasions.
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@DianneN (59528)
• United States
1 Mar
@garymarsh6 I got the gist in context. It happens. When my French speaking son studied in Paris, he was thrilled to learn idioms and slang.
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@garymarsh6 (12094)
• United Kingdom
1 Mar
@DianneN There are lots of regional variations too not that we always understand them either!
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1 Mar
I absolutely love this spicture and i want to go there.
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@garymarsh6 (12094)
• United Kingdom
1 Mar
I hope you do one day!
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• China
1 Mar
You know Venice inside out. I saw the gondolas on TV many years ago.The unique shape of them impressed me.
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@garymarsh6 (12094)
• United Kingdom
1 Mar
Yes and they just use one oar to steer the boat which is amazing. They are quite fit. In 2010 saw the first woman gondolier,
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• China
2 Mar
@garymarsh6 The gondoliers seem to get it down to a fine art and are very handy with it.
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@garymarsh6 (12094)
• United Kingdom
4 Mar
@changjiangzhibin89 I think it takes a few years to train as one!
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@1hopefulman (20332)
• Canada
4 Mar
Thanks for sharing! How is the water? Is it clean? Can one swim in it? Are you still there? How many days did you spend in Venice?
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@garymarsh6 (12094)
• United Kingdom
5 Mar
I would not want to swim in the canal water but there are beaches on the outer islands and along the coast that are nice for swimming. I have been to Venice several times usually for four or five days at a time!
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@1hopefulman (20332)
• Canada
5 Mar
@garymarsh6 I see!
@Gillygirl (15290)
• Sutton, England
4 Mar
Shanks pony is an excellent way to see the sights and get away from the crowds. Love the photo.
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@garymarsh6 (12094)
• United Kingdom
4 Mar
Thanks Gilly! yes you do need to walk in Venice it is the best way to see all the great sights in each nook and crannie!
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@Gillygirl (15290)
• Sutton, England
4 Mar
@garymarsh6 We did get lost once but that was part of the fun. There was more opportunity to see more nooks and crannies.
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@jstory07 (57920)
• Roseburg, Oregon
2 Mar
That is a really nice picture of Venice. I was there a long time ago.
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@garymarsh6 (12094)
• United Kingdom
4 Mar
You must have some lovely memories!
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@jstory07 (57920)
• Roseburg, Oregon
4 Mar
@garymarsh6 I do and I loved Europe.
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@PatZAnthony (11813)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
5 Mar
It amazes us that things are still standing. We were told years ago it would collapse 'soon' and there it is!
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@garymarsh6 (12094)
• United Kingdom
5 Mar
It is a constant battle and the massive cruise ships that sail in and out of Venice are not helping due to their displacement of water as they sail past.
@PainsOnSlate (19212)
• Canada
3 Mar
I have never heard of shanks pony so i looked it up..
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@garymarsh6 (12094)
• United Kingdom
4 Mar
That is the beauty of Mylot it is a mine of information and education!
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@Tampa_girl7 (21646)
• United States
2 Mar
It sounds like an amazing place.
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@garymarsh6 (12094)
• United Kingdom
4 Mar
It is beautiful Marie.
@tzwrites (3807)
• Romania
2 Mar
I wish I had a small apartment there...I think the prices are astronomical though.
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@garymarsh6 (12094)
• United Kingdom
4 Mar
I think for us it will only ever be a wish!
@reskyyandi (3840)
• Indonesia
2 Mar
I really like to spend my holiday in Venice
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@garymarsh6 (12094)
• United Kingdom
4 Mar
Yes it is a beautiful place!
@Kandae11 (27056)
1 Mar
Four hundred palaces! Venice does seem to be an awesome place to visit.
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@garymarsh6 (12094)
• United Kingdom
1 Mar
Yes and some of them are stilll very beautiful.
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@JudyEv (101136)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Mar
Great photo. It really is an amazing place, isn't it? I didn't realise there were quite so many islands.
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@garymarsh6 (12094)
• United Kingdom
1 Mar
They are all close together Judy although there are some outlying islands., Some big and some tiny!
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@nomus24g (16430)
• India
1 Mar
I guess a great effort went into town planning of the city
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@garymarsh6 (12094)
• United Kingdom
1 Mar
Well yes by very rich merchants.
@xFiacre (10491)
• Ireland
1 Mar
@garymarsh6 Higgledy piggledy - my kind of town.
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@garymarsh6 (12094)
• United Kingdom
1 Mar
It is mine too it is unique and fun to explore!
@JohnRoberts (41066)
• Los Angeles, California
1 Mar
I like the perspective of looking straight down the canal.
@garymarsh6 (12094)
• United Kingdom
1 Mar
It is even better with the Ariel view. The grand canal snakes its way through the centre of venice.
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@BelleStarr (32086)
• Portland, Connecticut
9 Mar
It is a very unusual place isn't it? I have never been and don't anticipate going but it looks lovely.
@Inlemay (17336)
• South Africa
5 Mar
the best place for any keen photographer - every wall, rail, window is a PICTURE waiting to be explored