Grand Canal, Italian Canale Grande, main waterway of Venice, Italy, following a natural channel that traces a reverse-S course from San Marco Basilica to Santa Chiara Church and divides the city into two parts.
Slightly more than 3 km (2 miles) long and between 30 and 70 metres (100 and 225 feet) wide, the Grand Canal has an average depth of 5 metres (17 feet) and connects at various points with a maze of smaller canals. These waterways carry the bulk of Venetian transportation, as automobiles are banned throughout much of the city. Traditional poled gondolas are a favourite with tourists but are now vastly outnumbered by motorized public-transit water buses (vaporetti) and private water taxis. Siren-equipped boats belonging to the police, fire, and emergency medical services traverse the Grand Canal at high speed, and barges are responsible for the delivery of goods throughout the city. The connection between Venetians and their city’s main thoroughfare does not end at the grave: funeral barges can be seen transporting the dead to Isola di San Michele, an island northeast of the city that has been the site of Venice’s largest cemetery since the early 19th century.
We continue our travels into the Cotswolds proper, stopping off at the secluded village of Glympton. A large country estate encircles the church here, but ancient English laws allow us right of access.
Glympton is a village and civil parish on the River Glyme about 3 miles north of Woodstock, Oxfordshire. The 2001 Census recorded the parish’s population as 80.
September 6, 2021: Hurricane Ida, Oil spill in Gulf, Vaccine boosters, Afghanistan, Guinea coup
1. Hurricane Ida’s death toll continued to rise, with many in the U.S. Northeast holding out hope for people missing in the floodwaters, while nearly 600,000 customers in Louisiana still lacked power a week after the storm made landfall.
2. A private dive team will try to locate the source of a suspected oil spill spotted in the Bay Marchand area of the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, after Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc in the region this week.
3. Top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said that officials were likely to soon get the regulatory go-ahead to administer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots made by Pfizer, although Moderna booster could take a little longer.
4. The Taliban claimed victory over opposition forces in the Panjshir valley northeast of Kabul, declaring that it completed the Islamist group’s takeover of Afghanistan and promising to announce a new government soon.
5. Soldiers who ousted Guinean President Alpha Conde summoned his ministers and top government officials to a meeting, a day after a coup which drew international condemnation.
Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, is one of Robert Adam’s less familiar commissions — yet just as extraordinary as many of his more famous buildings. Recently rescued from neglect by owners David Home Miller and Catherine Macdonald-Home, it has a fascinating story to tell about the development of his castle style.
The ‘castle style’ of the Georgian era might be said to have been invented by Vanbrugh, who aimed to give ‘something of the castle air’ with his additions to Kimbolton Castle, Huntingdonshire, in 1707–10 .
In practice, that amounted to little more than a battlemented parapet applied to a completely symmetrical building. In the late 18th century, the architect Robert Adam was undoubtedly influenced by Vanbrugh, whose mastery of what he called ‘movement’ in architectural composition — ‘the rise and fall, the advance and recess with other diversity of form, in the different parts of a building’ — he admired (although he deplored the Baroque master’s ‘barbarisms and absurdities’).
Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country’s largest city, is home to bustling markets, numerous parks and lakes, and the towering, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, which contains Buddhist relics and dates to the 6th century.
We discuss worsening relations between the EU and the US and ponder whether their immediate future might lie apart. Plus: Russian influence in Belarus and a preview of Salone del Mobile.
The tenth edition of Passione Engadina has come to an end, presenting an incredible parterre of vintage Italian cars all gathered in the splendid setting of St. Moritz and the Graubünden passes. For this edition, the guest of honour was Ferrari, thanks to the collaboration with Kessel. To celebrate the tenth edition together with Ronnie Kessel, sponsor since the first year, 30 sportscars were admitted to the race, with a separate classification. On the streets of St Moritz and the Engadin, in addition to rare and exceptionally beautiful classic cars, powerful Ferrari sportscars were on display, including two Monza SPs. One car that caught the attention of participants and passers-by was the Kimera EVO37, driven by Luca Betti (former Rally driver and Founder of Kimera Automobili). The public was also able to admire some unique pieces on display in front of the Kulm Hotel in St Moritz, the home of Passione Engadina: a Ferrari 512 M Prototype, a Ferrari 206 S, and a Ferrari 206 SP.