Other merchants of Venice
In Thailand, canals are called khlongs. They are the reason why Bangkok is known as the Venice of the East. On Khlong Chak Phra, the floating market of Taling Chan is set up every weekend. It is one of the most traditional in the area, with stalls selling everything from fresh fruit to souvenirs, all on board a boat.
Inimitable yes, but fans have nothing to worry about. There is more than one Venice, and asking for someone’s hand in marriage on a gondola on the Grand Canal can be just as romantic on Groenerei canal, Bruges. The Italian city on the water has competition from all over the world, from exotic Kerala to neighbouring Burano. If they do start controlling tourism to Venetian monuments, it could be the perfect opportunity to visit their stunt doubles.
Any city surrounded by water can become ‘the Venice of [insert geographical location of the city in question]’, but, to be considered a truly romantic destination, far more is required. Bridges, for instance. Bruges, one of the Venices of the North, has 43. In fact, brug
in Flemish. The oldest is Meebrug, which dates from the 15th
century, making it 100 years older than the Rialto, the most famous of the bridges over the Venetian Grand Canal.