VENICE IS PUN­ISH IN GIN AU­GUST.

Esquire (Philippines) - - NOTE & ESSAYS -

AT THE VERY PEAK OF SUM­MER, WITH WEATHER THAT CAN ONLY BE DE­SCRIBED AS SWEL­TER­ING, THE CITY OF CANALS TENDS TO LIVE UP TO THAT MONIKER—WITH ODD SMELLS FA­MOUSLY CATCH­ING YOU BY SUR­PRISE AT DIF­FER­ENT POINTS, AND A SUR­PLUS OF TOURISTS FLOCK­ING AROUND THE CITY’S MOST STO­RIED SIGHTS. THE MOST STRIK­ING, THOUGH, IS THE AB­SENCE OF LO­CALS—VENE­TIANS GEN­ER­ALLY AVOID THEIR CITY’S MOST CROWDED SEA­SON BY GO­ING ON HOL­I­DAY. VENICE IN AU­GUST IS A FLOAT­ING DIS­NEY­LAND, A REAL LIFE “IT’S A SMALL WORLD” RIDE WHERE TOURISTS HAVE DIS­PLACED THE LO­CALS.

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