Photographer's Note

Jean has shown the photos of the maze and it has evoked my memories of the wonderful TE-Meeting in Venice and its surroundings. As it has passed almost exactly ten years, I can show a few pictures from this event.
We visited the beautiful palace and garden in Villa Pisani in Stra and the big attraction there was a maze.
Gerolamo Frigimelica designed the Maze of Villa Pisani in 1720, and nowadays it is one of the most famous and best preserved in Europe. Its nine concentric circles originally of hornbeam hedges and now of box hedges, were a place of entertainment and love plays during vacations. The destination of a long and complex path is the turret. Two small spiral staircases twining the turret lead to the top, where the statue of Minerva, goddess of wisdom and patron goddess of all arts welcomes the visitor at the end of his "effort".

I have read that Napoleon has lost himself there (and he was an owner of Villa Pisani), and when Hitler met Mussolini, they didn't dare to go there. I suppose it is just the urban legend for tourists.
The walls of the maze are so high, that you cannot see anything. There is one simple algorithm to find the way, maybe not the shortest one but secure - you must keep all the time the same - e.g. left side. In reality, though, it is not as simple.
Of course, I tried to find my way inside. It was fun!

Better to see in the large format:

Another view, our group waiting at the entrance.

The tower in the middle:

And surprise: who is there?

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