Monday Washing Lines – Venice Canal


Welcome to my new Project – Washing Lines

“The Venetian gondola is as free and graceful, in its gliding movement, as a serpent. It is twenty or thirty feet long and is narrow and deep like a canoe; its sharp bow and stern sweep upward from the water like the horns of a crescent…. The bow is ornamented with a battle axe attachment that threatens to cut passing boats in two.” – Mark Twain – The Innocents Abroad

Our friendly gondolier took us first through some narrow back canals heading for the Grand Canal that without pavements or people were curiously quiet as we passed by the back doors and water garages of mansions, shops and restaurants but the main canals were busier, lined with cafés and restaurants and with crowds of people crossing the narrow bridges every few metres or so.

I preferred the quieter back canals where it was possible to get a real taste of Venice. The Venice where people live. At water level there was a completely different perspective to the buildings and down here we could see the exposed brickwork and the crumbling pastel coloured stucco giving in to the constant assault of the waters of the lagoon as it gnaws and gouges its relentless way into the fabric of the buildings.


It is a challenge, feel free to join in.

43 responses to “Monday Washing Lines – Venice Canal

  1. Interesting subject line


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  3. It must be really convenient to peg your clothes to the line, lower them to be washed in the canal, and then put them up to dry over the rest of the day.


  4. A lovely nostalgic look at Venice 🙂 🙂


  5. If I had a washing line it would be full of my husband’s stuff, particularly his sportswear. He seems to get through three outfits a day – more wardrobe changes than the Queen!

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  7. That’s a nice shot Andrew. I prefer the backwaters too. I hear that cruise ships are once again sloshing up and down the Grand Canal, shortening the city’s life even further. For my Monday Washing Line, I haven’t even left home. But I have carefully concealed the colour of any pegs I used to avoid censure.


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  9. Very descriptive – I get I was sailing along with you, Andrew.
    I’m afraid I’ve cheated a bit this week – a busy washing line but with an ulterior motive!


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  11. What a brilliant image…washing Lines, decay, and atmosphere in abundance! Here’s mine, from South West Turkey:


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  13. Like your pictures of the quieter Venice. Next time in Venice (hopefully soon!) I will be going to the backwaters and places like Burano.

    This is my first washing lines contribution:


  14. So much in this intriguing shot, Andrew


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  16. I thought I had exhausted my washing line shots, but came across one yesterday which probably will be my last – not anywhere exotic, but very similar in some ways concerning your comment about the “assault of the waters of the lagoon as it gnaws and gouges its relentless way into the fabric of the buildings”. Water destroys so much.

    Monday Washing


  17. Did you have any thoughts on doing a bit of rendering on that house while you were there? Could take a few weeks/months and pay for the holiday!


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