Europe

Why Venetian Pigeons Twitch

Keeping time is important to us.

Humans have been setting their sundials and Apple watches for thousands of years, and everywhere you visit you’ll find cultural traditions to help to tick the days away.

The glockenspiel in Munich keeps the Germans to task. In the Cape of Good Hope, the canon on Signal Hill frightens children daily at twelve noon. Prague’s orloj, the famous astronomical clock, dances elaborately on the hour for thousands of tourists every day. (You may have heard that this was voted the 2nd most overrated attraction in the world. You should definitely ignore that.)

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Venice: the Sinking City

On the short boat ride from the mainland to the floating city of Venice, the laguna Veneta surrounds you on every side. Watching the monumental palaces and churches of Venice approach, seemingly out of nowhere, is a breathtaking sight. But if you’re expecting your seasickness to subside the minute your feet hit the dry land in the distance, think again. Dry land may be further than you think.
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How to Bend Down in an Italian Shower

Before they conquered football and fashion week, the Italians built some pretty enormous stuff. You could race 12 ton trucks through the crowded Colosseum and not spill anyone’s gelato. But if you did, the poor guy would be covered in cioccolato until he got back to Tokyo, because the same cannot be said for the hotel’s en-suite.

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