Probably very expensive, this house borders the Venice canals. This is a strange area where most of the houses seem bigger than the space they are built on. But you can still find small wooden cabins dating from the creation of this grid of canals. At the time it probably was not such a sign of wealth to live in these dwellings. Needless to say that they are disappearing fast, replaced by the kind of construction that you can see here. What I find most symbolic in this picture is probably the barbecue right in the middle. I cannot avoid thinking of the fire hazard such a device presents surrounded by a very dry assortment of plants. The porch of course is another classic. The architects here have to develop a lot of imagination to bloat the buildings according to the tastes of the people who are determined to live in this once "bohemian" area. Their choice… We will soon be moving to another part of the world.