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*  There are churches all over Venice - more than I think can be counted.  Although the larger area is called San Basilio, the church at the entrance to our neighborhood was San Sebastian.  Every church in Italy claims to contain the remains of St. Sebastian, including this one.  In addition to St. Sebastian, there were two other churches on plazas connected to our apartment.
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Chris Our apartment
Neighborhood market Our apartment
Our apartment Neighborhood plaza
Views of our apartment (left) and past our apartment into one of the plazas (right)
Our apartment
View of part of the apartment, from the front door
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* The apartment had windows on three walls.  We loved being able to look out onto the small neighborhood plazas which were quiet and quaint.  In the mornings we could see the neighborhood coming alive.  It was wonderful - Venetians are not early morning people, and their definition of early morning is anything before 9:00.  I loved it!  I fit right in here!
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Building Church tower Church tower
View from the kitchen window Church towers visible from our apartment
High water

*  Venice suffers from periodic high water.  When that happens, critical parts of the city floods, and they erect raised platforms above the "sidewalks" for pedestrians.  That had happened just a week before our arrival.

*  Although we didn't see the true "high water", here is a common neighborhood example of canals overflowing their banks.  This happens regularly.  It makes you realize just how precariously Venice is perched on the edge, and how easily it could be reclaimed by the sea.

Venice Flag

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San Basilio San Basilio
The church San Basilio
San Basilio Rosary
San Basilio Isn't this the biggest rosary you've ever seen?  The beads must be the size of grapefruits.
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