Rain , rain go away …

It has now been raining for days.  And the forecast is for more rain at least until the weekend.  Yesterday we had the average rainfall for November within one day.  However, this does not mean the climate is changing, I am told.

Venice – Thoughts on Transport

Venice does not follow the usual pattern when it comes to transport.  In most of Venice there are no cars to help transport people and goods.  Local transport therefore requires nautical skills and/or physical strength.  Water ways at Venice are of different expanse.

You therefore find different size boats or ships moving people and goods; from the massive cruise liner, to the vaporetto, the water taxi, gondola  or private boat.

The local version of the tram or bus is the vaporetto.  It ferries people around the city and to nearby islands night and day.

Goods can be transported by boat only so far.

The final distance has to be covered with muscle strength.

No matter whether it’s parcels, mail, fruit and veggies, luggage or rubbish

And then there are happy occasions that also needing transport.



Venice – Gondoliers

Venice without gondoliers?  Impossible!  Here are different aspects of their daily routine.

But first things first.  Where do the gondolas come from and get repaired?  The workshops are called squeri.

A gondolier outfit consists of a tee shirts with blue or red stripes, black pants, black shoes and a hat according to the regulations.

He, I have not seen a female gondolier, needs to be able to keep his cool in sometimes complex situations.

His balance better be excellent.

He needs to be able to navigate in tight spaces and around tight corners.

Other times he has plenty of space.

Good Night!