When it comes to taking pictures I like doors, statues, balconies and washing lines, Kim on the other hand likes people pictures so I thought I might share a few of them with you.
This one was taken whilst on a gondola ride through the back canals of Venice…
Begging is quite normal in Europe, I don’t quite know where I stand on it, I am certain some of it is based on genuine hardship and some is based on a scam. I quite often hand over some loose change just to massage my conscience.
We had spent 100 euro on a gondola ride and she was asking for just a few cents.
I sensed this woman was genuine, she has the look of being genuine and I would have gladly tipped some coins into her collection cup but we were in the middle of a canal and how was I to get it to her. I felt guilty about that.
Some people however I would never give money to, like this pair of scammers in Oviedo in Northern Spain…
Posted in Cathedrals, Europe, History, Italy, Literature, Postcards, Spain, Travel, World Heritage
Tagged Culture, Life, People Pictures, Street Beggars, Venice, Venice Canals
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.
Posted in Europe, History, Italy, Literature, Postcards, Travel, World Heritage
Tagged Gondola, Gondoliers Venice, Lord Byron, Rialto Bridge, Venetian Lagoon, Venice, Venice Canals
Welcome to my latest theme. Monday Washing Lines.
This was spotted on a Gondola ride on the canals of Venice…
Good pegging out, all one colour which saves worrying about matching pegs to washing. Being slightly critical, I wouldn’t hang stripes next to spots and I would have hung the spotted pillow case next to the matching sheet, but that’s just me.
At water level there was a completely different perspective to the buildings and here we could see the exposed brickwork and the crumbling pastel coloured stucco, sun blistered and frost picked and 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, do feel free to join in…
Posted in Arts and Crafts, Childhood, Europe, History, Italy, Postcards, Travel, World Heritage
Tagged Laundry, Monday Washing, Venice, Venice Canals, Washing Day, Washing Lines
Birmingham – City of Statues
To try and tempt people the official guidebooks are keen to remind visitors that it has more canals than Venice, more trees than the Bois de Boulogne, it has the Royal Ballet and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. There are also two famous football clubs, a world-famous cricket ground, a Capability Brown-designed golf course in the heart of Edgbaston, and, of course, the Balti belt.
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Posted in Cathedrals, Childhood, Europe, History, Literature, United Kingdom, World Heritage
Tagged Anthony Gormley, Birmingham UK, James Watt, Joseph Chamberlain, Queen Victoria, Thomas Attwood, Venice Canals
Carnival Mask, Venice…
Masks have always been a main feature of the Venetian carnival when traditionally people were allowed to wear them between the festival of Santo Stefano on December 26th and the start of the carnival season and midnight of Shrove Tuesday and because they were so important mask makers enjoyed a special position in society, with their own laws and their own guild.
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Tagged Carnival Masks, Gondola, Life, Photography, Travel, Venice, Venice Canals
“What a funny old city this Queen of the Adriatic is! Narrow streets, vast, gloomy marble palaces, black with the corroding damps of centuries, and all partly submerged; no dry land visible anywhere, and no sidewalks worth mentioning…” Mark Twain
There was a strange calmness about the back streets which was in complete contrast to the busy main thoroughfares and here and there we came across traditional artisans shops selling glass or paper and every now and then a costumier and carnival mask maker.
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