Every two hours the driver is supposed to take a break of atleast 20 minutes. Our driver, Michael, used to make us all get off the bus, for he informed us that these data of stoppages would be recorded in the ‘blackbox’ and that could be checked by the police. At the place where he used to stop, there would be this big ‘Auto Gril’ which had a restaurant, a bar, a sales section and most importantly, clean, very clean, toilets, where we could see drivers and other men even having a shave! Our arrival at Venice was welcomed with rain and gusty wind. The three Euros umbrella quickly became useless as you see below. “The buildings of Venice are constructed on closely spaced wooden piles. Most of these piles are still intact after centuries of submersion. The foundations rest on the piles, and buildings of brick or stone sit above these footings. The piles penetrate a softer layer of sand and mud until they reach a much harder layer of compressed clay.Submerged by water, in oxygen-poor conditions, wood does not decay as rapidly as on the surface. It is petrified as a result of the constant flow of mineral-rich water around and through it, so that it becomes a stone-like structure.Most of these piles were made from trunks of alder trees, a wood noted for its water resistance. The alder came from the western-most part of today's Slovenia (resulting in the barren land of the Kras region), in two regions of Croatia, Lika and Gorski kotar (resulting in the barren slopes of Velebit) and south of Montenegro. Leonid Grigoriev has stated that Russian larch was imported to build some of Venice's foundations. Larch is also used in the production of Venice turpentine”.—-Wikepedia Venice is known as ‘the City of Masks’… A ‘Floating City’..