Thanks for the compliment! Yes ... you are right about the restoration. Later that day I tried to make a picture of the bridge of sighs and this was the result: ugly bills everywhere and hardly any bridge in sight. Moreover, there is nasty bit of reflection on those bills.
You also couldn't go outside on the 'balcony', so there was hardly if no view over the Canale Grande. Earlier that summer The Karls's bridge in Prague was being restored, the castle of Bratislava and the national parliament in Budapest. A bit of bad luck, but it did bother me that much though. I had great weather (though a bit hot) in Venice and most other places! I am always lucky in that respect, even in Ireland or Scotland.