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Contorted Venice

In the 1960s a deep canal was dug across the Venetian lagoon to give access to bigger ships to the commercial harbour at Marghera, and since then Venice has been flooded by ever more frequent and ever higher tides. To counter this threat to Venice’s existence a system of mobile flood gates was devised at […]

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Killing Venice Slowly

The Italian government has decided to dig a new deep canal through the Venetian lagoon to give the next generation of cruise ships, even bigger then the current ones, a passage to Venice. Please consider signing the online petition against this next assault on Venice. This decision was taken in Rome without any kind of […]

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Voga alla Valesana

There’s another type of Venetian rowing using two oars. It is probably less well know than the one oar type used in the gondolas of Venice. Voga alla valesana involves using two oars simultaneously, crossed. It can be quite tricky.

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Merry Christmas

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Today’s high tide (flooded is red)

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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.

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Death in Venice

Having made a living out of kayaking in Venice, whenever accidents happen on the water it always leaves an impression. This time so much more as the accident left an innocent tourist dead. The accident happened on August 17th just before noon, at the Rialto bridge, in a spot we very often use to take […]

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I Want Your Outdoor Job: René Seindal, Owner of Venice Kayak | paddlinginstructor.com

David H. Johnston of the Paddling Instructor blog have published an interview with me in the series “I Want Your Outdoor Job” series on the blog. I’m deeply honoured. via I Want Your Outdoor Job: René Seindal, Owner of Venice Kayak | paddlinginstructor.com.

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Home

In the five years I’ve lived in Venice, I haven’t had any one home for long. It’s been a lot of moving around, and basically camping out in the various places, hauling along a bare minimum of stuff to reduce the burden of the next move. Every time I thought I had found some kind […]

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First paddle of the year in Venice

Between this and that it was late January before we got the kayaks out on the canals of Venice. It was before the cold set in, so there was no snow or ice on the canals. We had much of the city to ourselves, as most other boat people in Venice are having a slow […]

Gondolas in Egypt

I’m not quite sure what to think about this, but I’m fairly confident a lot of Venetian rowers wouldn’t like the way these gondolas are punted rather than rowed. http://www.gondolagreg.com/2011/12/more-gondolas-in-egypt.html

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Jet ski are illegal in Venice

Unless you’re in the police 🙂

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The Entrance of the Arsenale

The entrance of the Arsenale is across a small bridge over a narrow canal. Officially the canal is closed to traffic, if not for any other reason that it is too narrow and the bridge too low for most boats. Most of the navy people guarding the entrance don’t mind our passing under the bridge, […]

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The Lion King

The entrance of the Arsenale (the navy docks) in Venice is guarded by two huge lion statues, the most beautiful and majestic animal statues I have ever seen.

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More speeding – this time legally

Ambulance speeding down the Canal Grande – whenever you here a siren there you better move out of the way. We later saw the ambulance at Campo San Barnaba, where they picked up a little boy who was hurt, but not more than he could walk on board the ambulance and there was no siren […]

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5km/h

There’s a speed limit of 5km/h in Venice, for all private motorized vessels. This seems to have missed that memo, though.

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Venice at dawn

A few photos from a 6am paddle yesterday morning.

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Venice is not a beach

I often tell people that if they get too playful when we’re kayaking, and forget to take the traffic in the city seriously, but on these photos, taken at 7.30 in the morning at a very low tide, it does look like I’m wrong.

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No Cars in Venice?

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GondolaSpecs

Gondoliere wearing SeaSpecs kayaking sunglasses. What will be next? Red and white striped Kokatat Knapsters?