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水城威尼斯

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小编摘要:如果你还没去过威尼斯,那可得趁它尚未沉没水底前赶紧行动。

If you haven’t been to Venice yet, do pack up and set out before it is submerged under floods. It was in the summer of 2007 that I visited the city, and barely a year and a half later, news came that Venetians waded through high water by the Rialto Bridge.


如果你还没去过威尼斯,那可得趁它尚未沉没水底前赶紧行动。我初次造访还是2007年的夏天,据说,不到一年半之后那里就爆发了洪水,里亚托桥边的威尼斯人都要蹚水而行。

 

水城威尼斯 


Fortunately in this Adriatic pearl four years ago, there was not the least sign of “2012” but glee and liveliness. Thirty minutes’ ferry cruise took me to the lagoon city. Despite all the pictures and films I had viewed, I was overwhelmed by the bustling St Mark’s Square. Pigeons and tourists flocked in front of the St Mark’s Cathedral, a paradigm of Byzantine architecture.


所幸四年前,这颗亚得里亚海岸的明珠还是活力四射,丝毫没有“2012”将至的迹象。坐上渡船30分钟,这座水城便展现在眼前。虽说之前看过不少威尼斯的图片和电影,可一踏上熙熙攘攘的圣马可广场还是为其盛况所折服。圣马可大教堂堪称拜占庭建筑的典范,无怪乎成群的鸽子和游客都流连于此。


A tour by gondola cost quite some money, but one could rarely resist the temptation of such local romance, plus the gondoliers touting for business everywhere. Along the zigzag water alleys lined up boutiques, outdoor cafes, pizza shops, gelato stands and souvenir stalls. But most impressively, you’d be dazzled by the wide range of Venetian Carnival masks, big or small, handmade or manufactured, plain, painted, ribboned, feathered or even gold-powdered!


乘坐贡多拉价格不菲,但毕竟是水城最浪漫的诱惑,加之船夫们招徕生意的吆喝不绝于耳,叫人怎能吝惜这点花费呢?一路是曲曲折折的狭长水道,两岸林立着服装店、露天咖啡馆、比萨屋、意式冰淇淋摊,还有各色纪念品小铺。但最引人注目的还是那些面具店,琳琅满目都是威尼斯狂欢节的面具,看得人眼花缭乱:大的、小的、手工做的、机器压制的、原色的、上彩的、系丝带的、插羽毛的,甚至还有镀了金粉的!


“Ponte dei Sospiri”, the renowned Bridge of Sighs, is perhaps the most popular spot for a snapshot. Built in the 16th century, the now enclosed bridge connects the prison and the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace. It is said that convicts then, walking over the bridge, would sigh at the final view of the city before being thrown into prison, and hence the name. But the sad story might have been taken over already by a more cheerful legend: lovers shall be blessed with eternal love if they kiss on the gondola at sunset under the Bridge of Sighs.


著名的叹息桥又称索斯皮利桥,也许是最受人欢迎的拍照取景圣地。这座拱桥现在是封闭式的,始建于16世纪,连接了当时的地牢和总督宫审讯室。据说当时,那些受审定罪即将被投入地牢的犯人们只能在过桥时叹息着最后看一眼城市,叹息桥因而得名。不过人们大概更乐得接受另一个美好的传说:恋人们只要乘着贡多拉,在日落之时拥吻于叹息桥下,便能永浴爱河,相守终身。


Probably there’s a story of “the Prince and the Pauper” in every city on earth, and Venice is by no means entirely as gorgeous as it is at first sight. Twice I experienced the city first hand and both times saw beggar women and pirate goods vendors packing up and fleeing upon police pursuit. The detachment and helplessness in their eyes contrasted with the glow on the tourists’ faces and the innocent looks of the kids feeding pigeons at the St. Mark’s.


一座城市纵使乍看之下再光鲜,也不可避免地上演着“王子和贫儿”的故事,威尼斯亦是如此。我曾两次游历水城,每次都看见行乞的妇女和卖假名牌的小贩,稍有警察的动静就卷起家什一路狂奔。威尼斯街头,他们的眼神漠然而游离,满是无助;而圣马可广场上,游客们神采奕奕,喂鸽子的孩童天真无邪,如此铸就了一座城市的矛盾。

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2011-05-10 10:03 编辑:kuaileyingyu
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