The Perles du Lac, as I like to call our group of leisure rowers participated yesterday to our second or even third Vogalonga. It was a wonderful experience both on a cultural  and physical points of view.

Let me simply say that on our boat we were international ladies (French, German, Swiss,)… In their 50s …All well travelled and professionnal and quite different in our temper and affinities yet able to form a team and accommodate our differences to make our little boat make this amazing journey on the Venician Laguna a real success in 3 hours and a half, stopping here and there to swap seats and make sure no one suffered from this rather exciting but taxing journey.

My own team was only one of the three boats registered, the other two being an all-English team of ladies who came with their family and the third one was clearly the most experienced as 3 out of 5 rowers were rowing for the third time and was clearly the most international with two Americans, a Venezuelan a Swiss-Italian and and a Genevan !

All kinds of means of transportation were used to reach La Serenissima, train (longer but breathtaking with its spectacular arrival right into town at the Santa Lucia train station, car and plane. I tend to favor this quicker way except when I have copies to correct;-)

Weather prospects were quite glooy as you can judge from our arrival in the rain :

  

But the waiting is worthwhile when you finally reach the most beautiful city in the world! So beautiful that your sight is sore when you get back to reality in the rest of the world, my favorite and gorgeous Paris included…

   
                  

even the decrepit things are charming in Venice!
         As I knew Madama Butterfly was on at La Fenice, I persisted despite their website indicating there were no seats left. I called them and got my e-ticket in a few minutes!!

The blatant shame being that as I didn’t believe I’d make it, I was clearly looked down severely by the other opéra aficionados in their grand apparel !

   
       

The next morning after our breakfast “in piedi” on Campo San Luca..

 We went to La Biennale and managed under heavy rain to video some some fascinating pavilions ….

First the Biennale Curator’s blues blood bruises… Okwui Enwezor
   

  

a very cosmo installation

  


  

   
           

   
          

the Hungarian pavilion
      The other national pavilions starting with a thought provoking Israeli pavilion  

  

  

  

my friend Laurence elsewhere

  

   
                                    Pavillon britannique la clope, les couilles, le cul et les cons (à vous de les déterminer)  
As a Sociolinguist, my favorite was the Venezuela Pavilion 

   
           
And a very biased survey at the curator’s pavilion which I let you discover and comment. 

   
                                     

Venice again 

   
  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 The elegant and artistic palazzo Franchetti with a glass exhibition and some seeds for our future environment 

   
                           Venice always 

   
     The Vogalonga masterpiece 

   
       The exquisite Peggy Guggenheim museum 

   
         And Venice forever….

   
  

  

  

  

  

  

  © DRM, Daphné L. Romy-Masliah