The Floating City, City of Water, City of Masks, City of Bridges

 If you’ve ever been to Venice, you will probably remember your feelings of astonishment and wonder as you first looked out over the shimmering Grand Canal. It has been calledthe New York of the Middle Ages!” and when you consider how old the city is, it has something unique and magical that you won’t find among the glass skyscrapers of modern metropolises. No hooting cars, no traffic jams, no vehicles spewing exhaust into the summer air. Venice invites you to talk, to stroll, to daydream and to soak up a history that goes back over centuries.

It is a city which leaves you with a thousand images and impressions – the smell of the salty breeze from the Adriatic, the clarity of light and colour, the crumbling majesty of the architecture, the chiming of distant bells and the straw hats and stripes of the charismatic gondeliers. As the American novelist and playwright Truman Capote once said, “Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.”

So, what are you waiting for? Eat that box of chocolates! Life is too short to not experience Venice!


Did you know that ...

... the first public casino in the world was in Venice?

... it is almost impossible for postmen to deliver mail because houses are numbered according to the district and not the street?

... Venice got its first female gondolier in 2010?

... there are 7000 chimneys built in over 10 different styles?

... the city is sinking by 1-2mm per year?

... there didn’t used to be steps on the bridges because people went by horse?



astonishment - Erstaunen

shimmering - schimmernd, glitzernd

It has been called - Es wurde genannt

the New York of the Middle Ages - Das New York des Mittelalters

among the glass skyscrapers of modern metropolises - zwischen den gläsernen Hochhäusern moderner Metropolen

hooting cars - hupende Autos

traffic jams - Staus

vehicles spewing exhaust - Fahrzeuge mit speienden Auspuffen

stroll - schlendern, flanieren

to soak up - aussaugen

salty breeze - salzige Brise

Adriatic - adriatisch

clarity of light and colour - Klarheit von Licht und Farben

crumbling majesty of the architecture - zerbröckelnde/marode Meisterwerk der Architektur

chiming of distant bells - schlagen, läuten der entfernten Glocken

straw hats and stripes - Strohhüte und Streifen

charismatic gondoliers - charismatische Gondolierien

novelist and playwright - Schriftsteller und Theaterautor

chimneys - Schornsteine


“Do you have the temperament, the looks or the stamina to be US President?”

This was just one of the questions that Donald Trump asked Hillary Clinton as they faced each other on 26 September in the first of three, live, televised debates. The New York showdown was the most watched debate in US television history, with over 84 million viewers. Many more tuned in worldwide through online live streams or in bars and at parties. Afterwards five million plus people tweeted about the duel.

The two US presidential candidates clashed on topics such as jobs, terrorism, race, immigration, trade agreements and climate change in a battle lasting 98 minutes. The attacks turned personal as Republican Donald Trump accused his rival Hillary Clinton of not having the right temperament to be president. Meanwhile, Mrs Clinton struck back by pointing out that Mr Trump refuses to release his tax returns and has an appalling attitude towards women. On the subject of tax, Trump immediately counter-attacked with a reference to Clinton’s email scandal. 

It was a heated battle: Hillary, the lawyer, was meticulous, cautious, controlled and well prepared whereas Trump, the salesman, flaunted rules, tradition and even the truth in his efforts to “seal the deal”. There has been much discussion about who won the debate. According to some polls, Hillary seems to have come out on top whereas others show Trump as the winner.

Televised debates are now a typical component of American and also European election campaigns, but do they really help candidates to win? The sheer numbers of people watching makes them an excellent way to reach a vast audience and perhaps sway some undecided voters in the final run-up to an election. It has been said that live debates can alter public perceptions of a candidate’s personality and authenticity and increase knowledge of party policies. However, it has never actually been proved whether TV duels really alter voter preferences or significantly change ballot box numbers.

But some things are certain: such debates are very emotional, often entertaining and of course high risk for the candidates as the broadcasts go out live! So, why not tune in on Monday 10 October at 3 - 4.30am German time, (or maybe later in the morning!) to watch the second round in the Trump versus Clinton encounter? 



tuned in - einschalten

presidential candidates clashed on topics - die Präsidentschaftskandidaten geraten mit ihren Themen aneinander

trade agreements - Handelsabkommen

climate change - Klimaveränderung

battle lasting 98 minutes - dauerte das Gefecht 98 Minuten

turned personal - persönlich werden

accused his rival of - dem Konkurrenten/Mitstreiter etw. vorwerfen

of not having the right temperament - nicht das richtige Temperament haben

appalling attitude towards women - entsetzliche Haltung gegenüber Frauen haben

heated battle - hitziger Kampf

meticulous - sorgfältig, akribisch

cautious - vorsichtig, zurückhaltend

flaunted rules - Regeln missachten

Hillary seems to have come out on top - Hillary scheint die Oberhand zu haben

sheer numbers - bloße Anzahl

to reach a vast audience - ein weites Publikum zu erreichen

sway - beeinflussen

undecided voters - unentschlossene Wähler

really alter voter preferences - tatsächlich die Wählerpräferenzen beeinflussen

ballot box - Wahlurne

broadcasts - Sendungen


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