Our month in Venice

Old Jun 7th, 2009, 01:06 PM
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The pickpocket is the guy alone in a photo, with an orange polo shirt and a sweatshirt wrapped around his waist. He's identified towards the bottom of kerouac's thread.
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Old Jun 7th, 2009, 01:24 PM
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Oh, I see! There's no way to identify him then. I mean, there isn't a photo of him actually in the act. It seems a bit unfair of kerouac to ask us to see if we can identify him, and I cannot for the life of me see how bixaorellana could have identified him correctly (but we don't know if she was right). I hadn't read the thread - I expected to see a photo of someone with his hand in someone's bag or pocket. The only one like that is a couple holding hands, and the woman has one hand in her partner's back pocket.
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Argh!! Bert4545, Hotmail has decided I've sent enough mail for the next 24 hours; I'm "cut off!" So, I'll just have to wait for someone clever to identify that lion. Life is so tough.
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Old Jun 7th, 2009, 08:22 PM
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Old Jun 8th, 2009, 03:22 AM
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Oh, man, have any of you stumbled across this site re: Venice?? http://www.museumplanet.com/location.php/venice

And, it's all due to Bert4545 and his tantalising clue.
It's another square bottom night coming up!!

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Old Jun 8th, 2009, 06:59 AM
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YvonneT - That's a great website! Thank you for posting it.
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marisylvia, I for one have been still very interested in your trip report. It has been a fun and enlightening read. As a matter of fact, I'll have to admit I've been checking everyday(sometimes twice a day)to see if you have added anymore. You write a good report and I enjoyed hearing of your adventures for a month in Venice. You are definitely not a bore! I can understand, though, if you might want to take a break. DH and I have been to Germany, but not Berlin so that could be an informative TR also.

I feel many times people add something to photos and like you, I love people watching. You never know what you will see, but I often hesitate to take the photos due to a fear of being "caught" and looked upon with distaste. I guess I need to either be more sneaky, or just use the zoom-in feature regularly. I have looked at our photos after the fact and thought on occasion a person or two would have added interest to the situation. I encourage you along the way to keep taking those shots of unique people.
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Old Jun 8th, 2009, 11:25 AM
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WOW! I discovered this exciting thread yesterday afternoon and couldn't stop reading! I finally made myself go to bed last night after reading a portion of it and was right back at it this morning. I have now just come to the end. The discussions and references were wonderful. I'm excited to have finished the storyline and also sad that I have reached the end. You tell your story so well Marisylvia! The details and the photos. Plus all of the participants volunteering great info. I was never sure about going to Venice before, but I sure am now. And the concern about apts is gone too after your great testimonies. This was just great!!! Thanks all.

I do have a question. Is there a way to tag or bookmark people on here so that when they start a new thread, you are notified of it? {I want to read Marisylvia's thread on Berlin when she does it!} I just became a member on Saturday, June 6th, so I haven't done much exploring of the site yet. {Too busy reading this great storyline!}

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Old Jun 8th, 2009, 11:29 AM
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No way to tag a person. Now that you have this thread in you profile list of threads to which you have responded, you can find it more easily and click on Marisylvia's screen name. You'll get her profile page and see all her trip reports.
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Old Jun 8th, 2009, 01:12 PM
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Thank you ellenem!
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Old Jun 8th, 2009, 02:01 PM
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Hi Yvonne, thanks for the great link. I clicked on San Marziale, our "church next door".

RST, thanks for the encouragement on the photos. Venice is so interesting to photograph, but great photographers have already been there, so I like to get shots of people reacting or interacting or socializing, as I think they add life to the setting. I find I can be sneaky with my little camera, using its screen without looking at it. Sometimes I can tell people know what I'm doing, but hey, so what. When I do the scene near San Polo, no one is aware of me sitting at a table. I asked the shopkeepers if I could take their picture, and having their image to look at now brings back happy memories, just as wearing my Murano jewelry does.

Distantshores, thanks so much for your compliments. Your interest inspires me to continue with the trip report. I'd felt interest had fizzled, and I didn't want to talk to an empty room.

It's wonderful being able to share one's travel experiences, and getting a positive response. It certainly enhances what I've experienced to feel others are on my wavelength.
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Old Jun 9th, 2009, 02:02 PM
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<<Venetian is "cicheto" and means our typical pub-snacks. Something small, anyway.
So annhig was right, if we are using Venetian (Go, Ann!). Of course, Justretired was right too, in Italian.>>

thanks Bert - that's music to my ears. seriously, I was fascinated by the differing names on maps and street signs - you're lucky if you find them spelt the same way twice. in the UK we are far more standardised now, but years ago that wasn't the case, as in the well-known old story about Shakespear having spell his name 5 different ways. i like the way that the venitians maintain their culture by these idiosyncracies of spelling, and food. "cichetti" sounds just so much more appetising than "sandwiches", and a "sottoportege" is much more romantic than a doorway.

though thinking about it, down here in cornwall we have "opes" [meaning narrow streets] and in Truro there is a "squeeze-guts alley" which is pretty graphic.

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Old Jun 9th, 2009, 05:09 PM
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The Venetians don't seem to go in for double consonants as much as the Italians do, Ann. So they have Vechio (not Vecchio). 'Sottoportico' is Italian, but in Venice it's a 'sotoportego'. [You seem to have mixed up the two words.] Cicheti are much more than just sandwiches, though sandwiches may be cicheti (I suppose). But I'd've thought 'panini' would be more or less the same as sandwiches. You do see the word 'sandwichs' (sic). It's 'Fondamenta del Gaffaro' at one end, 'Fondamenta del Gafaro' at the other. There are only six known examples of Shakespeare's signature (and some say that some of these would have actually been written by a clerk). All six spellings are different (allegedly), though they are indicipherable to me. There are over 20 different spellings of his name in literary and non-literary sources, though several of these are obviously (IMO) abbreviations.
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Old Jun 10th, 2009, 03:06 PM
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Bert, i bow to your superior knowledge, and better spelling.

on which subject, I foam at the mouth at "panini's", which is what we see here a lot now.
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or "pizza's" in Aus. The apostrophe rides rampant!

Annhig, is your lack of capital letters a sign that you are exploring your inner james joyce?
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Marisylvia, I check daily for your updates. My interest has not fizzled!
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My interest and enthusiasm is still very much alive also!....even with the major hijacking of your thread. Don't get discouraged, as there are those of us out there who really enjoyed your Venice report and look forward to more.
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Old Jun 11th, 2009, 01:55 PM
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no, peter, it's a sign that I'm a lazy ..

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Old Jun 13th, 2009, 08:01 PM
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bfrac and RST, thanks so much for the encouragement. I have thought there was waning interest in the trip report, which stalled my impetus to work on it.

I have been distracted recently. Tomorrow I'm having a birthday party for John, and then I have to get my act together for my return to Germany on 6/17. I'm dithering about things like whether to put my laptop in my bigger bag and not check it or put it in the smaller wheeled briefcase and check the bigger bag. I'll be taking trains in Germany, and it's a hassle to haul two bags up the train steps, but it's also a pain to haul a bigger bag through the airport, and have to deal with the liquids baloney. I won't know until Wednesday morning, I think. Arrghhhh!
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Happy Birthday to John and best wishes for a good day!

I don't take a laptop when we travel, but it still turns out to be a hassle....just figuring out everything to take,(I still wind up w/ too much),what goes in the carry-on, what should be in the checked bag, then there's my purse, etc. And, you are so right, marisylvia it IS a pain to lug a big bag through the airport, and we quickly learned to cut down on the bags when doing trains. That was a hard learned lesson when we took trains for the first time in Switzerland. So, I do sympathize. Just know that it will all work out eventually and you will be on your way. Are you going alone to Germany? Have a nice trip, eat some gulasch suppe & apfel strudel for me, and safe travels.
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