Life Jackets on Gondolas in Venice?

Nov 18th, 2005, 05:25 PM
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Been reading this entertaining thread. and I just want to jump in to point out that Bambina means "baby" in Italian.

Knowing my own family the varieties of dysfunctional families are numberless.
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Nov 19th, 2005, 01:33 AM
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Ah, a classic.
Now where are the drunken mother and the family with the poodle?
Dec 3rd, 2005, 01:01 PM
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I've just come back from a couple of days walking around Venice and I was quite surprised that there are no lifebelts by the canals - surely someone must fall in occasionally (how are they extricated?), on the other hand I was amazed at the care and concern shown by the waterbus operators on ensuring the safety of the old and infirm when getting on and off at the stops.
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Dec 3rd, 2005, 01:04 PM
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You wouldn't need a life jacket because you would die of a heart attack first.
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Dec 3rd, 2005, 01:46 PM
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There are buoys and life preservers on the Vaporetti....but I doubt that there are enough for a really full boat.

A gondola is expensive and really only a once while your there experience...not a way to transport yourself. I never saw anyone wearing a life preserver aboard a gondola.

I am reminded of that famous line in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid..."Drown? Are you kidding...the fall will probably kill you."

The waters are less polluted than they used to be but I would worry about what's still in there and certainly I wouldn't want to take a dip in the water.
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Apr 25th, 2006, 02:07 PM
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couldn't help myself from topping some old humor for new posters here
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Apr 25th, 2006, 02:23 PM
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ohmigosh! If I fell in that water, a life jacket wouldn't save me--I'd die from the gross-me-out factor.
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Apr 25th, 2006, 02:45 PM
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Oh, geez, I'd forgotten how hysterical this thread was!

Thanks for the laugh!
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Apr 25th, 2006, 02:53 PM
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Not sure about the gondolas, but at least on the vaporettos (and I'd be surprised if not on the gondolas, it's a pretty normal coast guard or whatever the Italian version is regulation to require them) there are life jackets, you just aren't required to wear them until you fall in the water. That said, I would think that gondolas capsizing is extremely rare (good way to lose business really fast) and wouldn't worry about it.
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Apr 26th, 2006, 04:23 AM
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If you fall out of a boat in Venice, just stand up. The water is very shallow.

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Apr 26th, 2006, 04:31 AM
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I though Faine did it...topped it I mean. It is like fun from the past. What is the newest funny thread was? Were there any?
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I'm topping it now... for Ziana, or what's her name now?
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Dec 21st, 2006, 04:45 PM
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Definitely a classic, and with enough plot lines for a couple of daytime dramas.
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Dec 21st, 2006, 04:46 PM
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Sad to say that in Dec. of 2004 my parents decided against going on a gondola ride because of the lack of lifejackets. I could not convince her otherwise. I hope she makes it back to Venice someday.
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Dec 21st, 2006, 04:53 PM
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When I was a child, I lived in an Italian Ghetto and the elders did not speak much English and they saved in their poor-payingh jobs to one day go back to visit Italy. One couple did eventually and while visiting Venice, some accident happened while on a gondola and they died. The bodies were returned home in the Italian coffins, the type we only saw in Dracula films. They wer also returned in clothes not their own, I was told. But their death and coffins became a curiosity, hundreds of people who never knew them lined the street to visit them at the wake.
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Dec 22nd, 2006, 12:56 AM
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Dec 22nd, 2006, 09:14 AM
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Miss Prism, where is that baby? (had to get this out of my system sooner of later.)

The orange items in photo are surely flotation devices?

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