Monday, March 22, 2010

Streetlife, Venice

It's hard to take a bad picture in Venice. Here are a few glimpses of workaday Venetians from our 2004 trip.

The pigeon-chow vendor, Piazza San Marco. I love the draped muslin sunblinds, behind which is a famed cafe once frequented by revolutionaries. Meanwhile the pigeons get fat and fatter, and bolder.

The waiter, near the Doge's Palace. I think this cafe had the most expensive sandwich and sparkling water I have ever consumed. But it was worth it, what ambiance! The shade, not to mention a place to sit, was welcome after trudging miles around the hot cobblestone alleys.

Of course, streetlife in Venice also means canal life.

The deliverymen. Not such a bad job!

Gondolier on a mobilephone break. Everyone with any sense was taking a siesta.

I don't know what these guys were doing but they were up early and rattling around in a backwater canal. There's something ineffable about being a tourist in a fantastically beautiful spot while the people who live there just go about their business.

Siesta's over, and the gondoliers queue up to cart off tourists.


K. said...

Do you remember a 70s movie called A Little Romance? Set in Venice, it starred a 14-year old Diane Lane. It was very kind to Venice.

sEAN bENTLEY said...

Hmm, nope. But I fondly remember "Don't Look Now" and we visited that part of town where they shot it. A tad spooky indeed.