Tag: Canal Grande

Gondoliere practise

Gondoliere practise

Waiting for the Carnival procession on the Canal Grande at the traghetto San Samuele we enjoyed the view of two gondolieri practising the manoeuvres they need to do the operate the traghetto. They needed to turn the boat repeatedly and fast, to navigate the current […]

La Festa dei Veneziani

La Festa dei Veneziani

The Venetian carnival has just started, and one of the first events is the Festa dei Veneziani, which more or less implies that the rest of the carnival is not for or of the Venetians, which is also entirely true. The first part of this […]

Google Canal view

Google Canal view

Google has launched Street View for Venice, and also Canal View.

In the limited space available in Venice, both on land and on water, it was hard not to notice the cameras, which were taken around the city on special back packs and on boats.

We spotted this boat on the Grand Canal in August.

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Obviously, given the nature of Google Street View (or rather Google Canal View) they also spotted us.

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These are screen shots from an Android tablet.

On land

Back in April I posted some photos of the Google Street View backpackers that I met around the city.

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Now that the Google Street View of Venice is live, I can finally see the photos they took of me.

I was wearing blue jeans, a blue soft shell jacket and a small black backpack. Here I’m walking away after taking the above photo.

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And as I passed her before taking the photo, phone ready to shoot:

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And these are probably my legs down there. Somehow they’ve mislaid the rest of me.

 

 

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From the Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo there’s just a cameo appearance as I walk away after having taken a few photos of the Google guy.

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Ouch

Ouch

This must have hurt – heart, wallet and maybe pride.

Traffic on the Canal Grande

In August a German tourist died in a traffic accident at the Rialto Bridge, and there has since been much talk about what to do.

This video show what have changed since the accident. That is, nothing.

8:47 am – 6:44 pm. How many boats? Wait for the end. – YouTube.

Regata Storica 2013 – the calm between the races

Regata Storica 2013 – the calm between the races

Maybe one of the best things about the Regata Storica is that practically no motorboats are allowed. The Canalazzo returns to some of its original splendor, full of slow and elegant movement, blurred reflections and magical light.

Regata Storica 2013 – men’s race in gondolini

Regata Storica 2013 – men’s race in gondolini

The main event of the Regata Storica is no doubt the men’s race in gondolini, which are very slender gondolas designed especially for racing. The race has for years been a two team match, between the cousins Rudy and Igor Vignotto (this year in the […]

Regata Storica 2013 – race in caorline

Regata Storica 2013 – race in caorline

A caorlina is a traditional Venetian cargo boat. Originally they were rowed by two persons, but now they’re almost exclusively used for racing, with six oarsmen.

Even if they’re big and heavy, with six rowers they’re still fast.

Regata Storica 2013 – women in mascarete

Regata Storica 2013 – women in mascarete

The main race for women during the Regata Storica is fought in mascarete, which is medium sized sandolo traditionally associated with female rowers. In the last years the race in mascarete had been dominate by the couple Luisella Schiavon and Giorgia Ragazzi. With this year’s […]