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Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Romantic Watery Wednesday

Since we'll celebrate Valentine's Day before the next Watery Wednesday I thought it would be good to go back to Venice for some water scenes from this most romantic city.(Bonus photo - you may be familiar with this pop art symbol of love. It's the sculpture "LOVE" by Robert Indiana and is currently on exhibit at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.)




Both natives and tourists enjoy riding through the canals of Venice in a gondola. Most gondolas are lavishly decorated in richly colored, lush fabrics for very elegant lounging with your Sweet One on your watery tour of Venice: Here's two closeups of Venetian gondoliers with their classic boater hats and striped shirts. There's a lot of friendly rivalry among the gondoliers. Who has the most romantically appointed gondola? Which boat has bragging rights in the annual gondola races?


I took this last photo of a just married young couple on the dock when we got off the ferry from Lido Beach, Venice to the mainland. The wedding party was seeing them off to the waiting cruise ship for their wedding journey--lots of music and good wishes for the bride and groom. I wish I had gotten a photo of the bride's sandals with their extravagant organza bows tied at her ankles:




Want to see some more "watery" photography? Click here for the players.

18 comments:

eileeninmd said...

What a great trip and wonderful photos of the Venice canals. Thanks for sharing.

eileeninmd said...

What a great trip and wonderful photos of the Venice canals. Thanks for sharing.

Jan n Jer said...

Aaaaah the city of romance..perfect pic for watery wed. Faye!

jeannette said...

Roamantic Venice is! Was there before my pic taking time:)

Ruta said...

Ahhh...so romantic!

Carole M. said...

what an incredible place that would be to visit; you would have had a field day with your camera there; lovely photographs Faye

Powell River Books said...

I've never been to Venice. The closest is the Las Vegas version - not very realistic I'm sure. Thanks for commenting on my Watery Wednesday post. - Margy

Leovi said...

Beautiful pictures, I love those beautiful frames and delicious colors, Venice is the most romantic city.

Birgitta said...

Such wonderful and romantic photos :)

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HansHB said...

Thank you so much for your comment at my post! Lovely pictures from you! Well done! I wish you a nice evening!


(-The architect Tarald Lundevall from SNØHETTA is behind the Oslo Opera House. They have nothing to do with the danish architect
Jørn Utzon who is behind the Operahouse in Sydney!-)

Faye said...

HansHB -oops! You're exactly right. I should have paid more attention to the Oslo tour guide commentary. Thinking back, what she said was that both the Sidney and Oslo opera houses were designed by Danish architects. Regardless, both are very exciting structures.

Debs Carr said...

You aqlways have such fabulous photos.

NatureFootstep said...

I visited Venice once. A beautiful place with too many tourists. The gondola tour was great but too short.

I love your shots.

George said...

Thanks for giving us this romantic look at Venice. It's definitely very appropriate for a pre-Valentine post.

Ebie said...

Venice is a romantic city! Those gondola rides in the canals are just a perfect setting for a lovely date or any great occasion.

Liz said...

Oh wow! You chose one of my favourite travel destinations for this link up! Love these shots.
I must go back through my 2010 trip to Europe & UK and link up some of my shots.

Debbie Smith said...

What a great Watery post! I missed posting this last Wednesday..bummer.
Your pictures of Venice are wonderful! Makes me want to go back. Sadly all my photos are not digital, so I'll need to scan them, someday.
You have a great blog and I am now your newest follower!
Looking forward to seeing what's new with you!
Have a great weekend!
Debbie's Travels

NixBlog said...

Lovely series of shots...
Enjoy your Valentine's Day.