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Piazza San Marco - Venice - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

It’s a carefully laid trap

Each of these seats is a carefully laid trap. It’s a system which has evolved to take €18 off each tourist who …

Octopus - Venice - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Tentacles

As a child I never understood why people said an octopus had tentacles. Surely they’re octacles? An octopus’s tentacles are multi-function. Just …

Trilobite - Venice - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Trilobite con pista

‘Trilobite con pista’, it says. No, it’s not an item on the Italian menu in the restaurant at lunch time, but the …

Scala Contarini del Bovolo - Venice - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Scala Contarini del Bovolo

Six floors, eighty steps, 28 metres and €9. That’s the spiral staircase named after snails, ‘del Bovolo’, in Venice. The Palazzo was …

Venice - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The gondoliers

Gondoliers in Venice appear to earn a top salary of €100,000. For that I’d expect some adherence to uniform standards. We saw …

Fossil ferns and horsetails - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Fossil ferns and horsetails

I’m astonished every time I see detail in fossils. Their age, the heat and the pressure they have been subjected to, and …

Venice trophy room - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The trophy room

A visit to the natural history museum in Venice can be a bit of a shock for those unprepared for a full-on …

Venice Bridge of Sighs - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Bridge of Sightseers

A tale of two bridges. One is the Ponte dei Sospiri, the Bridge of Sighs, built in 1600. It’s the bridge between …

Venice gondolas - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Pink lamps

It’s a foggy early morning in Venezia and the low cloud gives an eerie feel to the place as we wander around …

Venice Mermaid - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Chimera

A trip to Venice isn’t complete without at least two hours visiting the Museo de la historia naturale. As well as dinosaur …

Venice gondolas - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Asymmetric Gondolas

On a recent trip to Venezia (Venice) I was fascinated to see that gondolas lean. They all have one side much larger …