Home, Giacomo

The hard working gondoliere of this sandolo has handed the oar to his younger friend. Now he can take a well earned rest as he is propelled homeward.

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Symbolism

The lion of San Marco is a frequently seen image in Venice. You can make it a theme for your photographic tour of that city.

This is a particularly stunning example of the symbol of Venice.

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Another Italian lesson

Thank you to Pat for sharing this cartoon with me. (The original image is from Wildcat Sanctuary.)

I thought it made a nice closure to the previous post:  Another learning curve

Please practice the Italian translations I have provided.

Elephant stamps will be awarded. 

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Another learning curve

On my next trip to Italy, I  hope  to take my tablet, not the heavy laptop. But, I  want to be able to post on my blog. So, I’m working out how to access photos from the camera. This is not as painless as I’d hoped.

Here is my first effort, a little Italian lesson for all of you. I’m sure all of you have worked out what the signs say. 😊

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Walking the wall

Today, it’s back to Lucca, the walled city not far from Florence.

There’s a lot to see as you explore the perimeter, looking down into  the historic centre.

This is what we might call a nursing home. And, it’s the proud owner of a della Robbia ceramic.

By the way, Saint Zita is the one you should pray to if you can’t find your keys.

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You’ll also find this chapel, probably used in the past ( and maybe even now) for musical performances. 

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The plaque on the chapel mentions Saint Cecilia who is the patron of music. Her  feast day is 22 November, in case you want to raise your voice in song in her honour.

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The front is decorated with bas-reliefs. I believe I recognise Saint Martin and Saint Peter. Can someone identify the Bishop in the final photo?

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In which Andante solves the vaporetto crisis

Thanks to the wonderful talents of Andante who reacted to the comment from thecontentedcrafter, I can bring you the future of transportation for tourists to Venice during the busy season. That’s every day except, as Caroline said, a couple of weeks in December and January.

(You may need to click on the cartoon to enlarge it for full appreciation.)

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Sailing, sailing

Chances are there isn’t as much room on the water buses (vaporetti) in Venice at this time of year. Nor is it as cool.

No wonder many people prefer to visit Venice during the winter.

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There are plans to give priority on the vaporetti to residents during some of the time frames. Let’s see how that one pans out!

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