Category: Living in Venice

  • La Ruvida

    La Ruvida

    Today we went rowing in Venice. Is a hard job, but somebody’s got to do it.

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  • Schizophrenic  coloured cat

    Schizophrenic coloured cat

    Weirdly coloured cat at Forte Marghera on the mainland near Venice

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  • Misty day on the Certosa island

    Misty day on the Certosa island

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  • Foggy days in Venice

    Foggy days in Venice

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  • Kingfishers


    Every once in a while we spot a kingfisher when we’re paddling around in Venice and surroundings. This year it has happened surprisingly often, and as a first I have managed to get some photos with the waterproof compact cameras we carry on our tours. Kingfisher seen in Venice, Canale San Pietro: Kingfisher seen at […]

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  • Burano at high tide

    Burano at high tide

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  • Walking on water

    Walking on water

    I never really liked spiders, but I met this fellow in the lagoon today, and a couple of his mates, and while I knew some small animals can walk on water, I’ve never seen anything like it before.

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  • Moto ondoso

    Moto ondoso

    One of the main environmental problems in Venice is the moto ondoso – wave movement. It is mostly caused by taxis and tourist boats, to a lesser extent by vaporetti (water buses) and private boats. The constant churning of the water causes erosion of walls, side walks and quays, slowly but surely demolishing the city. […]

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  • Fiera di Primiero

    Fiera di Primiero

    Its not that often that I get to go on a summer holiday, but I stole a week off work in August to escape the heat in Venice and head for the mountains. We went to a small town called Fiera di Primiero in the Alps and spend most of the time walking around in […]

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  • Regata Storica

    Regata Storica

    This year’s Regata Storica was held on September 6th, and we went down to look in our gondola, which we moored just opposite the Erberia close to Rialto.

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  • Tour of the lagoon

    Tour of the lagoon

    We went for a tour around the lagoon of Venice on Sunday, up north past Burano and Torcello to the abandoned islands of Sant’Ariano, La Cura and further up to some of the fish farms in the lagoon.

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  • No Grandi Navi

    No Grandi Navi

    On May 9th there was a fairly large demonstration in Venice against the passage of the cruise ships in the lagoon. We went and took some photos.

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  • Nativa by Arzanà navi

    Nativa by Arzanà navi

    The Nativa is a super yacht built by Arzanànavi. It is quite often moored at the Certosa island from where we do our kayaking tours.

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  • Simone Costantini

    Simone Costantini

    In Venice there’s a lot of boat traffic, and of course accidents happen. Especially after dark. Ten years ago, on April 15th 2005, Simone Costantini, a young gondoliere from the Lido, was on his way back from work in his motorboat, when hit a briccola in the lagoon near San Giorgio Maggiore. He was alone, […]

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  • “Detourism” in Venice

    “Detourism” in Venice

    The City of Venice has a project they call “Detourism” supposedly promoting sustainable tourism in Venice. They describe it this way: Travel Venice like a local DETOURISM is a new project of the City of Venice for curious travellers who enjoy wander off the beaten path looking for the Venice most unusual and secret places […]

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  • Vogalonga and the ban on kayaks in Venice

    Vogalonga and the ban on kayaks in Venice

    As I have written earlier, the City of Venice has made a partial but extensive ban on kayaks, canoes, dragon boats and others, effective from March 1st, 2015. The Vogalonga is a rowing event that has been held in Venice every year for the last forty years. It is organised by a non-profit committee, the […]

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  • Kayaking ban in Venice

    Kayaking ban in Venice

    The City of Venice has published a modification to the city traffic rules, which bans kayaks, canoes, dragon boats and others from navigating certain canals. The relevant text is this: Nei Rii principali interni di collegamento: Canal Grande, Cannaregio, Giardini, Greci – San Lorenzo, Santa Giustina – Sant’Antonin – Pietà, Noale, Novo, Ca’ Foscari, Santi […]

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  • Venice about to ban kayaks in the city

    Venice about to ban kayaks in the city

    Ever since the fatal accident in August 2013 there has been a lot of debates about what to do to make boat traffic safer in Venice. There has been little change in the year and a half since the accident. All changes have been blocked or sabotaged by the various vested interests in the city: […]

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  • Photography classes II

    Photography classes II

    I did a basic level photography course back in the spring, and in September and October I did the next level course. The teacher was Marc De Tollenaere. This course covered several themes which all build on the basics from the first course, requiring manual adjustments to ISO, aperture and shutter speed to get the […]

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  • Photography classes

    Photography classes

    This year I have taken a couple of photography classes, for the first time ever, and I have learned a lot. Like so many others I have just relied on the automatic settings and shot without thinking too much. While it mostly works, it also only mostly works. Both classes were taught by Marc De […]

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