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Railway tracks – Muizenberg

There is a pedestrian crossing by the beach at Muizenberg train station. The surfers often use it to move between the surf shops on the main road and the beach. This shot was taken looking down the tracks towards Muizenberg Station, literally on the tracks. Yes I did look first and please don’t try it at home :-).

Here is a zoomed in version.

The Rialto Bridge, Venice

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The Rialto Bridge is the oldest of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice. It was build by Antonio da Ponte, in 1591, after almost 100 years of thinking, discussion, proposals and planning. So if you think that city planning today seems to take forever, don’t complain!

During the planning process, several plans for the Rialto Bridge were submitted, including a plan by Michelangelo, which was not used. While I have seen many pictures of the bridge over the years, I was a little surprised at how small it really is, having said that the whole of Venice is really small. You could easy walk end to end in 45 minutes (including the obligatory getting lost; which will happen at some stage).

The Rialto Bridge is right next to the Rialto Market, selling fresh produce and sea food to the locals and tourists. Never the less, it is a beautiful and spectacular bridge in the heart of Venice, and a wonderful location to wonder around for a couple of hours.

ps: A pity about the Graffiti on the right :-(

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