One of the many gondolas that line the Grand Canal in Venice, and with pure luck I got the sign over the top of one of them……. Β and no, I did not go for a trip in one, far to close to the water for me, I just like taking photos of them πŸ™‚

October 2016

16 Replies to “Gondola, Venice, Italy”

    1. Thank you Andy, I just like the colours and yes the water was cold, not sure how deep it is, out in some parts of the Lagoon its only 1 meter deep πŸ™‚

      1. The colours are wonderful Lynne πŸ™‚ That’s amazing, I hadn’t ever thought about the depth of the lagoon, but I hadn’t imagined it being as shallow as 3 feet in places!!! πŸ™‚

      2. Lol!!! Of course, I hadn’t really thought about it, but it must be very hard to keep the waterways silt and mud free, there will be a lot of sediment washing down into the lagoon from the Alpes, I’m actually amazed the waterways haven’t clogged up completely by now!!

      3. They have markers all over the the lagoon, channels for the water buses and taxis, and they must keep them dredged. But the rest, I think the flat bottom boats are ok even if there is very shallow water. Also in the deep channels the boats have to line to go across the lagoon, very similar to a road, two way traffic, is very interesting to watch πŸ™‚

      4. That’s fascinating Lynne, I had a look at Venice on Google maps for the first time this afternoon, I can see what you mean. It must be an amazing place to visit, I had always thought of it to be a bit like Amsterdam, but it appears to be almost a city built on stilts!! LOL! There is more waterways than dry land, or so it appears πŸ™‚

      5. Yes it is built all on stiles, well poles that were driven into the mud and there are about 400 bridges, with large squares that are like their open spaces, no cars, but there are bikes, which did surprise me and of course more boats than you can count. No not like Amsterdam, the land is not reclaimed, it just amazing to think that the first buildings were wood and then they rebuilt with stone and everything had to come by boat. By the way of course everything still has to come by boat, I am going to do a post on that subject, which I found really interesting as its something you as a tourist you don’t think about…..which says a lot for the state of my mind πŸ™‚

      6. It sounds like a truly amazing city Lynne, just having no cars puts it right up in my estimation!!! It is fascinating to think that everything comes in, or came in, by boat. Many people would think that its not that unusual, because islands have stuff that comes in by boat………….but like you are saying Lynne, islands have some resources, with Venice, literally ecerything comes in via the lagoon! You have a wonderful mind, it’s always questioning things Lynne!!!

      7. Thank you Andy, also if it all comes by boat, it all has to leave by boat, which I am going to do a post on, its so different to how we get rid of our waste. Also how do they move all the goods that come in, once they have deposited them on the sides of the canals, its is really quite amazing, watch this space πŸ™‚

      8. I’m definitely looking forward to that post Lynne, I hadn’t thought about how they get rid of waste these days…………I can imagine how they did it in the past, I can quite imagine that Venice would have stunk in the middle of summer a hundred years ago or more!!!

      9. Oh it still smells, not so much in October, but when we went in the summer, years ago, it was very smelly. But I am sorry I meant rubbish, but I wondered what happens to the waste, I will have to google that one…..can’t just go into the Lagoon surely !!!!!

      10. I would assume that human waste is disposed of more hygenically these days, but I imagine going back to the pre 1960’s, most the waste did end up in the lagoon, which doesn’t bear thinking about! LOL! πŸ™‚

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