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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Lovely photos. I love them.
Now that is something that I would like to try…probably finish up in with the fish, if there are any. Will keep an eye open for this gondolier in a few weeks.
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You should see him around, he uses his sandolo for taking tourists around the canals. If you see him, say “ciao” and ask if you can take his photo. Have a wonderful time. You can take rowing lessons while you’re there, if you want!
Beautiful! How much longer will you be in Venice, Yvonne?
I loved this.
Had to post a little link to it on the Gondola Blog.
I’ve just discovered your blog, and am enjoying each and every post.
Hi, Greg. I’m glad I stumbled across your blog, too! In previous visits to Venice, I found so darn many wonderful little mysteries, and met many similar Venetians (they weren’t mysterious. 🙂 )
Sometimes there is traffic jam in the narrow channels but the gondolieres always are singing to be patient !
Or perhaps, they’re thinking of the nice money they’re earning, Michel. 🙂
I’ve always wanted to say “Home, James” but “Home, Giacomo” would beat that hands down.
As you lounge against the plush cushions, flute of bubbly in your languid hand.
I was wondering if the young paddler was a trainee gondolier or a curious tourist who wanted a chance to ply the paddle and say he’d done it…….. Whichever or whatever, luckily for the resting chap he looks quite competent 🙂 I also wonder if he sang while he ….. er… paddled; oared; pushed the boat with his stick?
I think I had seen the young rower around the canals, so he’s either a gondoliere or a competent oarsman. There was no singing to be heard as they passed me.
What a brilliant scene!
I really liked it, Eva. The breeze had caught the ribbon on the gondolier’s hat (first photo), giving the impression of more speed than was actual. 🙂
That’s a nice scene — a bit unusual.
Thank you, Signor Bun.
Looks wonderful, would love to try that one day:)
Would you be the gondoliere, the rower or a passenger? The sandolo is smaller than a gondola, so it carries fewer passengers
I would definitely be the passenger so that I could sit and take in the beautiful surroundings! 🙂
Are gondole only there for tourists or some used as they were in the past?
I don’t think there are any that are owned privately anymore, and the motorised private water taxis have probably taken over the function the gondolos used to fulfill. They are used to ferry bridal parties, and costumed party goers at Carnevale, but I guess many of those passengers would be tourists.
“Home, Giacomo, and don’t spare the oars …”
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Hi, calm one. I am constantly surprised and gratified at how often we get to see a special scene such as this.
Should it be “oarses”?
But, hang on, I just thought, don’t gondoliers only use one oar each?!
That’s OK, all sorts of latitude is permitted in the comments section, calm lass. Boats like the sandolo are also rowed, standing up facing forward, using 2 oars. The skill of the rowers always impresses me.
Yes, a well-earned rest. He could well contemplate writing a book about his experiences.
I know just the fellow who can give him advice, Gerard. In fact, wouldn’t many gondoliers have tales to tell!
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