India's international flights opening soon???..Facing reality...More 2013 photos from Venice...

With the hot sun, the massive crowds, the going rate of $125 to $150 a couple, and as evidenced here, the gondola traffic jam, we decided to forego the 30-minute ride in the congested canals.
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Today's photos are from June 17, 2013, while in Venice, Italy. See the link here for more details.
Hard to resist. Fun to see.
More news on COVID-19 in India, at this time:

From this site:
"MAHARASHTRA’S (state where Mumbai is located) Covid-19 death tally surged by 1409 on Tuesday, taking its total toll to 5,537, following a data reconciliation process initiated by the state government. Of 1409 deaths, only 81 of the deaths were reported on Tuesday. The remaining 1328 deaths have occurred since March and been added to the numbers now." 
 Inside the courtyard of the Universita Ca Foscari was a decoration made of trash.
These above numbers contradict those we've discussed below taken from the Worldometer tracking site. We often wonder how impossible it is for the records to be accurate under these dire circumstances. But, what else do we have to determine the risks in various countries?
Leonardo da Vinci exhibit was being held at the museum.
In other news, we've heard numerous comments on TV news in regard to the possibility of international flights resuming in India, over which a discussion will be initiated in July by the powers-that-be. 
Water buses along the Grand Canal.
With June more than half over, it's possible we could know something in 3 to 4 weeks. Our expectations based on all of our reading and research leaves us wondering if it could actually be 4 to 6 months until international flights resume.
Tight quarters.  Lots of boats.
As India's virus case counts continue to rise, we're doubtful the lockdown will be released any sooner than September. Each hour, as I walk the corridors, I stop and peer out a window at the end of one of the corridors, the only window on my walking course.
This was as close as we got to the gondolas.
Each day, from morning to late afternoon I can see an area where numerous men congregate to drink tea and talk. Few of these men, as they sit in close proximity, are wearing masks or social distancing.
Murano glass figurines from a shop window.
The above comment is not intended to single out "men." It's purely a cultural aspect of life in India. Women work, shop, and keep the home, while many men, whether working or not, will congregate in public areas.
Clock Tower.
This fact alone may prevent India from reducing its number of cases for a long time to come. It may be only possible through "herd immunity" which may take one or two years to achieve. For that reason alone, even if we could go outside, we would not. We don't want to take the risk of being included in the tally of herd immunity.
Piazza of St. Mark's, impressive, eh?
Based on tracking of COVID-19 on this site which we've been watching daily, as of yesterday, India had more new deaths than any other country in the world. With a total of 2006 new deaths, compared to the #1 country in the world, the USA with the highest number of cases and death, which had 849 new deaths. 
Basilica di San Marco.
India now is #4 in the world for the most number of cases and deaths. With the massive population of over 1.3 billion, it's entirely conceivable that India will surpass the US in the number of cases and deaths and reach the dreadful #1 position in the world. The total population of the US is 328 million, almost one-quarter of the population of India.
A great shot at every turn.
Are we prepared to wait this out? At this point, yes. We're holding our own. We hope all of you are as well.
Views along the waterway on the return to the ship.
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Photo from one year ago today, June 17, 2020:
Ruins of a castle on the drive to Balleyconneely while in Connemara, Ireland. For more photos, please click here.


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