The photo of the man with the vacuum cleaner was taken in Cannaregio, a sestiere (district) of Venice, at the beginning of Carnevale in 2014.
I, along with a throng of other onlookers, was waiting on the other side of the Cannaregio Canal to watch the parade of oar powered boats arriving to mark the opening weekend of the festivities. The dramatic finale of the parade was a larger than life pantegana (rat) whose rear end exploded, releasing a swarm of coloured balloons!
Later, we had the chance to try many typical Venetian foods and beverages from stalls set up on the fondamenta (canal side walkway), and listen to Venetian musical presentations. It was cold, but a lot of fun.
This couple were on an adjacent balcony. Their housework must have been done, so they could enjoy the passing parade.
I’ve been involved in the arduous task of culling and tagging photos. It’s fun to see what turns up, things I’d completely forgotten about.
While the blokes sort out the luggage, the gals get busy with photo-taking. Fair enough.
This lady in red attracts our attention, while a couple of gentlemen use a handy well head to lean upon. They’ll soon notice her, I do believe.
A sunny winter afternoon finds people sitting in the sun at canal side tables in Cannaregio, enjoying an aperitif and some people watching.
Something has attracted the attention of this fine looking pair.
This pair of nifty looking red shoes catch my attention, and then I notice that they belong to a friend who is on her way to work.
In Venice, it’s a case of “Dad, may I borrow the oars”, rather than the keys.
These young fellows were having a good time, and the oarsman was also learning how to row and speak on the phone at the same time, a necessary skill these days!
Yes, mom, I’m being careful
Found on the Grand Canal, not far from the vaporetto stop San Stae, is Ca’ Pesaro, a project of the Venetian architect Baldassarre Longhena. It was built in the second half of the 17th century, for the Pesaro family. It now houses the Gallery of Modern Art, and is one of the museums included on the very reasonably priced combined museums pass.
No photos are allowed within the museum, but the courtyard and canal views were worth recording. (And, if you like modern art, you won’t be disappointed.)
The courtyard with its pavement, a central vera da pozzo, and two other well heads set against a wall:
The view across the canal, looking towards Cannaregio:
While watching a Carnevale activity on the Cannaregio Canal, I chanced to look up toward a balcony on the opposite side, and saw this house proud fellow vacuuming his balcony. He paid not one scrap of attention to what was happening on the water, just got on with his task.
This couple, on the other hand, were taking complete advantage of their prime position to watch the fun.
Here’s some of what they saw.
“But, first there’s some work I have to do”.
This hard working fellow was engaged in his labour of love in Cannaregio. I hope he has many hours of enjoyment in his sail boat this spring and summer. Don’t you wish you could go along with him?
If you are walking along the Fondamenta Savorgnan (it is on the train station side of the Cannaregio Canal), perhaps on your way to the Ristorante Casa Bonita, you could easily drift right past an interesting part of the history of Cannaregio.
Here is the entry from the fondamenta to the residential area built where there used to be a large factory producing matches (Saffa: Società Anonima Fabbriche Fiammiferi e Affini). The factory operated until the 1950s, and the residential construction began in the 1980s.
A few remnants of the factory can be seen when you walk into the area.
In the Campo del Bagolaro, a water well has been constructed, as an echo of the past. I wonder if those bricks were recycled from the demolished factory?
If you do decide to walk through here, you can have a look at the public park (Parco Savorgnan), and emerge near the Ponte delle Guglie or into Campo San Geremia.
A quiet, hidden little corner of Cannaregio.
I wonder if acqua alta poses a big problem here? They have canals on either side of the corte.
I saw this tricky mirror at a t-junction of canals, and got hooked into watching the traffic appear and disappear in it. If I hadn’t had to go and pack to come home, I might still be there.
And, just look at that wall and window behind the mirror.