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On either side, the six storey palazzos soar up and their reflections plummet down, canada goose store a bottomless symmetry of baroque. Floating in the dead centreof it all, I rest my paddle on the spray deck and try to remember to breathe. I’ve never seen anything so beautifulin my life.

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It helps if you’ve kayaked a littlebefore. Venice canada goose Kayak’s base is on theisland of Certosa, 200yd offshore from the city, and the crossing is a touch tricky. Visitors may not notice it, but Venice is surrounded by the marine equivalent of the M25. Bricole wooden posts driven into the silt mark out the route, awatery racetrack of full pelt vaporettos, 35ft moto topo freighters, speeding taxis and private cofanos (the Venetian equivalent of a family car). When you cross, the competing wakes combine to make an unholy chop that comes at you from all directions. It feels like being a rubber duck in a hyperactive kid’s bathtub.

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cheap canada goose uk As we worked our way east, the buildings became older, the canals quieter. Most have no walkways alongside, and little traffic gondolas don’t venture this far from San Marco. This is a view of the city that can’t be had any other way, a picture of elegant decline: overgrown palm trees in tumbledown patches of garden, water lapping at peeling plaster. cheap canada goose uk

Yet everywhere there are signs of a splendid past ornate medieval archways, stone family crests, tiny rococo bridges. The tide was high, so occasionally we had to crouch to slide silently underneath. It was utterly seductive.

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uk canada goose Yes, there is one, and «Oi!» is theofficial warning signal at blind corners. Venice’s canals are as heavily regulated as any town centre road network. Acollage of baffling signs nailed to thebricole proclaims one way systems, variable speed limits and width restrictions. (Watch out for «Servizio de serenate», which allows gondolas to bear down on you three abreast.) As for parking, don’t even think about it: families wait for four generations to get their own space. uk canada goose

canada goose clearance Talking of gondolas, we met ourfirst as we neared Canareggio. In fact,I almost collided with it under the little Ponte Widmann. This would have been a canadian goose jacket bad idea. The average gondola has cost its owner about 50,000, and he is liable to be a bit canada goose coats touchy about the canada goose outlet paintwork. They’re a famously stroppy bunch, with buy canada goose jacket cheap a fondness for shouting obscene insults in Venetian, safe in the knowledge that no visitors can understand them. canada goose clearance

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«Maybe it’s best you don’t know.»

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Dusk was falling as we paddled into quieter San Croce. Time for a drink. We hauled the boats out, dumped them on the quayside at Campiello del Piovan and wandered into Ren’s local, the Ostaria al Ponte. On Canada Goose Jackets rough benches in the tiny bar, over deceptively innocent tasting spritzers (prosecco, sparkling water and Aperol), we mulled over what we’d seen.

Canada Goose online «That boatyard we passed in Arsenale was the making of Venice, commercially,» he told me. «Venetians invented Fordism there. In the 12th buy canada goose jacket century, it was a production line with 18,000workers. In 1203, the French ordered 350 boats for the fourth crusade. The Venetians built them in a year a boat a day. Canada Goose online

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So you can put it down to the spritzif you like, but that evening paddlealong the Grand Canal, under the Rialto bridge, out through the massed gondolas in Bacino San Marco, around the Doge’s Palace and under the Bridge of Sighs, then back through ever quietertributaries towards home, was the most wonderful journey of my life. A kayak through Venice by day is fascinating.

canada goose uk shop Emerging into open water atRiva Martiri, we looked back. The whole city shone softly in the water. Unseen, the clouds had rolled in overhead, and flashes of lightning lit up the white dome of Santa Maria della Salute. I paused, searching for words profound enough to fit the moment. canada goose uk shop

Ren cut me off before I started. «Good, isn’t it?» he said briskly. «NowI’m going to play chicken with thevaporettos. Coming?»

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