In Chioggia we had a "the room with view". It was very much upstairs (like 6th or 7th level), but we had a window to the canal. When fisherman's boats return from the sea we could watch the traffic from our room. Gulls guarded fish-boats - kind of friendship with interest. Gull traffic increased proportionally to boat-traffic on the canal. Sometmes it seem that birds were going to enter into the opened window - so fast they cut the sky.