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Living in Venice

Scaffolding

This is how they put up scaffolding in Venice.

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Living in Venice

Gondola Approaching

This photo almost looks like a painting. It gives me the feeling that I’ve seen it before, or maybe I’m just paddling too much around Venice.

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Living in Venice

Hidden angel

Venice is full of hidden stuff, much of it in plain view 🙂 I wonder if this guy will ever know what’s under his feet, or even just suspect there might be something.

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Living in Venice

SUP in Venice

It’s the first time I’ve seen SUP boards on the Canal Grande. They seemed to do well when I saw them, but I’ve heard some of them ended on the water at the Rialto Bridge, which is often a busy spot.

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Living in Venice

Camouflage, Burano style

On Burano orange, lime, lilac and pink are viable camouflage colours. Burano is known for its brightly coloured houses, and its a fun pass time to search for houses matching people’s clothes. You don’t need to stand out just because you’re wearing pink.

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Living in Venice

Redentore 2011

The Redentore Feast is one of the major annual celebrations in Venice, and one with a massive local participation. It takes place on the third Sunday of July, and on the evening before there is a huge display of fireworks just before midnight. It usually last around 45 minutes. I went there with a bunch […]

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General Silliness

Laundry line

Puppets of Damocles?

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Rowing in Venice

Training in the lagoon

This guy just went up and down a short stretch of lagoon canal behind the Vignole, training in a little corner sheltered from the winds of the day.

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Living in Venice

Working boats

Venetian boats at work. There’s a green grocer on a boat behind the gondola, and a topo to the right. Three different uses for boats in Venice.

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Living in Venice

The Naviglio di Brenta

The Naviglio di Brenta is the old part of the river Brenta, which had its estuary in the Lagoon of Venice close to Fusina. After the demise of the city of Torcello in the 11th adn 12th century, the Venetian understood the cause. The river Sile had made a vast delta behind Torcello, causing the […]

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Venice Kayak

Launching from a beach

For almost four years I’ve been doing my kayaking tours of Venice from a camp site on the Lido di Venezia. It has been, and is, in many ways a good launch spot close to Venice, but it is not without its drawbacks. The shore there is a road which is 1-2m over the water […]

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Venice Kayak

UFO – Unidentified Floating Object

When paddling around Venice we often see slightly weird boats around — different shapes, odd names, alternative behaviour — but the other day I encountered something in a category of its own. I tried to get a good photo of it, but waterproof point-and-shoot cameras aren’t always that great for taking photographs, so this was […]

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Living in Venice

Reflections

At the end of the year we’re supposed to reflect on the year that passed. I have found that a bit hard this year, so I’ve decided to leave the reflections to the vaporetto (water bus) platforms of Venice. They do a good job at reflecting 🙂 Santa Maria della Salute Santa Maria della Salute […]

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Living in Venice

Lessico Veneto – Malamocco

I recently found some scanned books from Venice of times past. One of them is a kind of historical encyclopedia from the mid 19th century, and I must say it has its little oddities 🙂 The entry for Malamocco – a small hamlet on the Lido di Venezia with a glorious past – reads: Malamocco, […]

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Living in Venice

Female Gondoliere

Until recently all gondoliere in Venice were men. This summer a Venetian woman, the daughter of a gondoliere, decided to try the exam, and she passed it as the first woman ever. New gondoliere will start to work as substitutes for the older gondoliere, taking their turns when they’re unable to do so. They also […]

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Venice Kayak

Acqua Alta

Yesterday we had one of the first acqua alta‘s of the winter. It wasn’t exceptionally high, reaching a level of 100cm above the historical average water level, but it was just enough to wet a few places around the city, and more than enough to ground all but a few of the gondolas of the […]

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The Elagoonephant revealed

The elephant sculpture in the lagoon now has a father too – the sculpture is made by the Dutch artist Serge Van de Put. The Elagoonephant The Angry Elagoonephant

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Rowing in Venice

End of Season at the Diadora

Today we had the end of season event at the Diadora rowing club, where I should have spent a lot more time this summer. Most of the morning was taken up by ‘social’ regattas for each of the types of rowing practiced in the club, both ‘English’ rowing (backwards in various types of boats), and […]

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Rowing in Venice

Vogando di nuovo

Last year I started rowing Venetian style, voga alla veneta, where you stand up in the boat, looking forward, pushing on the oar to move forward. I continued Venetian rowing when I returned to Venice this spring, but then work took over, and I haven’t been rowing for several months now. Yesterday I finally went […]

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Spooky Venice

Photo from evening paddle on October 24th, 2009, taken in Rio di S.Giovanni Laterano.