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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Floating on a Gondola

I'm just playing around with FinalCut Express for the first time while finishing up with jet lag recovery. *sigh*

Watch this little assortment of clips while I try to think of something to say. My brain and fingers are bottlenecked as I sort out what to write first. I'm still overwhelmed by Venice.

So nothing is getting written at all.

(This footage was taken on my last day in Venice with the last remaining dregs of my camera battery. Just me, my gondolier Giovanni and the silent canals. Sono triste.)


Anonymous October 27, 2007 at 5:01 PM  

"O Mio Babbino Caro" should play in the background, even if it is about Florence...

tangobaby October 28, 2007 at 6:54 AM  

One of the things I liked about this gondola ride the most is how quiet these canals were (except for the Grand Canal, of course).

These canals have no foot traffic, except for when you pass under a bridge. All you hear is the sound of the water lapping at the sides of your boat and the stroke of the oar.

Anonymous October 28, 2007 at 8:47 AM  

That silence is a very striking aspect.


Anonymous October 28, 2007 at 12:23 PM  

Oh I love that. The beginning where all you can hear is the gondoliers paddle and you're in such a narrow canal, brought tears to my eyes. It's so romantic.
Great idea. :-)
Hey, I'll be in BsAs all of Feb, and THEN back in Italy most of March and part of April, so if you get a wild impulse, come see me in one of those places!

tangobaby October 28, 2007 at 11:35 PM  


That may not be as wild as suggestion as you think...I'd love to see Italy through your eyes and exceptional knowledge of the country.

I'm definitely suffering from Italy withdrawls already so it's not inconceivable that I wouldn't need another fix sooner than later!

I'm glad you enjoyed the gondola ride footage. It killed me that I ran out of battery so soon into the voyage, but in hindsight, not having to think about filming what I was seeing allowed me to luxuriate in the experience more fully. A ride in a gondola is worth every penny. Now I wish I had done it more than once.


Dutchbaby October 29, 2007 at 2:11 PM  

Like you, I love the silence of Venice the most. To locomote without the roar of an engine nearby is shear magic. Your gondola video captures that perfectly! Brava!

tangobaby October 29, 2007 at 3:01 PM  

Thank you, dutchbaby. It was such an amazing contrast to know that the city was crawling with tourists yet I couldn't see or hear any of them. It was like I had Venice all to myself for a little while.

eilandkind/islandchild September 17, 2008 at 9:49 AM  

how beautiful, that video is...

tangobaby September 17, 2008 at 4:07 PM  

Hi eilandkind,

It really was that beautiful. Even in this tiny clip, you can tell... I'm glad you liked it.