On the way to work

A chilly day for gondoliers. And, their clients!

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33 responses to “On the way to work

  1. Just dropped by to say hello
    As always Sheldon

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  2. Great picture Yvonne.
    On a recent visit to Boston I observed that some windows in the old brownstones had glass panes with a purplish tint that reminded me of the beautiful lamps in Venice. I learned that the purple color is due to an excess of manganese oxide. According to the story, the glass panes imported from Europe in the 1800s were clear but to the chagrin of the owners turned purple upon exposure to sunlight. Today they are a symbol of status. I wonder what the story behind the ones in Venice is.

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  3. Do they ever show their legs?!πŸ˜‰πŸ˜›
    I just commented to your comment on my latest post.πŸ˜€

    What a great photo! Love the looking-down shot! The colors! Very artistic!

    I bet they talk about all the weird tourists they have to gondolier!
    HUGS!!!πŸ™‚

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  4. Wonder if they commute by gondola.

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  5. What a clever photo with the lamp mimicking the hats! Love the contrast of the verdigris lamp and the vibrant red of the trim on the straw boaters.

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  6. You have to take you hat off to them, working in such cold. “Boaters” as we called those hats, were part of some secondary schools’ uniforms in NZ until it became compulsory for the kids to wear cycle helmets.

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  7. It sounds so exotic but I guess for them it’s just another day’s work.

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    • That’s for sure. When you see the flotillas of gondolas, each crammed with their 6 tourists, following the same flippin’ route day after day, it must be a real drag for the gondoliers. (Even though the money is good!)

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  8. Do you think they noticed you?πŸ™‚

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  9. Do Gondoliers still sing, like they always did n the movies?

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    • From time to time, you do hear one singing, and not just for the tourist trade. More typically, there’ll be a flock of gondolas, with a singer and maybe an accordion player, rending “Oh, sole mio”, which is not a Venetian song, at all!

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      • I know…O Sole Mio is Neapolitan, isn’t it?
        The Gondoliers probably sing that one because the tourists request it…( and grease the palm, of course.) My partner, Mary, came from a long line of Sicilians and their way of saying “Go to hell,” was “vai a Napoli!”

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  10. Those hats look as though they could have their own lives!!! My oh my.

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  11. It can’t be easy to be a gondolier. I wonder what they tell their wives after a hard day gondoliering. I suppose, they make the best of it, like we all do. Are there any female gondoliers?

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    • I don’t think it’s a very romantic job, especially when the teeming throngs descend upon Venice.

      There is one official female gondolier and another who works for one of the posh hotels. I just noticed there are posts linked above the comments, featuring these two women.

      Is it raining in your neighbourhood? It is here … hooray.

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  12. Now lovely Yvonne, from which window or balcony did you perilously lean over to get this wonderful shot?

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