On my recent photography walk in Venice my guide steered
me to a very unusual bookshop called
Libreria Acqua Alta
This means something like "bookseller high water".
High water is the well known phenomenon that occurs in Venice
in the winter when the tides and wind cause a large inflow
of water into the Venetian lagoon.
The eccentric, but most affable owner, Luigi Rizzo
and his friendly cat Tiger
When the shops floods as it regularly does,
this gondola full of books, simply floats!
As do the scattered bath tubs ...
Love the humour in this fire exit sign
This charming Venetian gentleman happily chatted
about his thoughts and feelings on the future of Venice
I reflected on how intrigued my father, Jack Atkinson
and my favourite uncle, Basil Atkinson,
both journalists and keen readers, would have been with this quirky place.
I guess this is one way to deal with all
those obsolete encyclopedias in the world ...
Even the stairs are made of old and somewhat soggy books!
An unexpected and fascinating visit indeed.