The story of Kamal and Sanjay
If you are wondering what is high tide in Venice and how the situation evolves during and after exceptional tides you are in the right place!
I’m sharing an email (with consent of receivers!) where you can have a clearer view of what is facing a high tide in a hotel in Venice.
In the second part of this post you will find more info and curiosities about the most recent exceptional tide (acqua alta of November 13th 2019).
Dear Ernest and Rebecca,
Thank you for remembering us in such an occasion.
I’m so pleased to ensure you that we had no particular damages. We’ve been luckily one of the few hotels ensuring breakfast the morning after (we did it at the comfy warm 1st noble floor).
I even had the chance to find fresh bread for our guests from a bakery (not our usual one, yet a bakery further in ‘Strada Nuova’, Cannaregio district). In the picture, you can see us with our prize: the bread!! 🙂
It’s been really hard spending a night washing away the dirty and sanitize pavements and storage rooms with no electricity..
We were really taking care of our guests like in a family!
But the main purpose I’m writing to you now is to share this story about a couple from India that touched my heart: Kamal and Sanjay.
In a romantic trip to Venice, during the period of their life that we could define as the most exclusive (in the sense of ” exclusion ” of anyone other than the beloved), they did not doubt a moment and insisted over and over again to help us clean the ground floor.
I learned that at any moment there is nothing that gives more fullness than ‘giving’ something.
Here in Venice, everyone started to work together to help each other.
I saw groups of gondoliers take their gondolas by weight to drag them back from land to the water. I have seen boys and girls helping shop and house owners to save what can be saved, to clean, to fix the garbage. I saw the genius of the technicians who managed to get rid of ‘vaporetti‘ (heavy tons) with cranes, without further ruining the fragile shores of the Venetian canals.
We are trying hard to get Venice to shine again and we can say that now the situation is already almost normal.
Yes, if the city can ask something to those who love it, it is to not stop visiting it.
High water, when not exceptionally high, is vital for Venice because for many centuries it has been its natural way to regenerate and biologically clean its environment and its waters, giving at the same time wonderful views such as those you can see in the video of this page.
the moment when we found fresh bread for our guests, when almost any shop was closed in Venice after the storm.
It goes as it comes
On Nov. 12th, an exceptional tide reached a peak of 187cm. The tide regularly lowered in just a few hours and this unprecedented event will not occur again for some years, experts say.
After a couple of days, the city is completely dried and the situation is returning to normality: some shops, museums and restaurants have already opened, of course after a hard overnight of cleaning! We suggest you to contact the hotel concierges to know more about openings.
Notice that the images & videos of floods in Internet only refers to that day but people think the water is still everywhere..
Wear a pair of boots and enjoy it!
St. Mark's flooding can add magic
Images are courtesy of @seesarahsee