After some debate, I just took off my shoes and walked around barefoot.
The winds were very strong, so the city looked like an umbrella graveyard.
The bridge of Sighs looked as lovely as ever though
No gondolas were heading out that day.
Note if you are ever in Venice when this happens. Not all of the water taxis run when there is high water. We sat at a stop for about an hour before we decided to walk and ask the woman selling tickets. She looked at me like an idiot. We had to walk across the city to catch the taxi that could bring us out to one of the islands to stay with our couch surfer. By the time we got there, we were in a bad mood. However, our couch surfer was a really nice guy who was a glass blower by trade. He took us to a DELICIOUS pizza place and taught us a bit about glass blowing. It made the trek out there worth it (almost). I'm glad we got to see another part of Venice!
I'll try not to let this experience taint my opinion of this unique city. If you've never been, it's definitely worth a stop!