Sunday, January 11, 2015

On the Water

Google image

In this picture, Venice on the right and Nokomis is on the left.  If I remember correctly, what is now Nokomis was once the old Venice--but don't quote me on that and, quite frankly, I am feeling way too lazy right now to look it up.

I just thought that this aerial view spoke to why the name Venice was chosen for the area.  I have not seen a gondola around anywhere, but if you had a boat, you could definitely spend some time on the water without even venturing out into the Gulf of Mexico.

Sometimes it seems too bad that gondolas are not the preferred method of transportation.  There are three draw bridges in Venice, Florida, to accommodate the tall masts of sail boats or the sheer size of some of the yachts you might sea cruising the Intracoastal Seaway.  Best not to be in a big hurry to get to the beaches on a good boating day.

Someday maybe I will get to ride in a gondola in Venice, Italy.  But I wonder if the color of the water will be quite as lovely.



14 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing the map and a glimpse of where you spend your winters. I had no ideamof where this was or what it looks like. I have never been to Florida. Yes, I can see why it is named Venice.

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  2. What a pretty spot! No wonder you enjoy spending your winters there...it is lovely.

    I've never been to either Venice, and Nokomis in Saskatchewan (there is one) looking nothing like this one.

    Have a great week!

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  3. Lovely looking place. Indeed gondolas would be a wonderful idea.

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  4. This does look very lovely. I was just on a gondola in Venice in October. However, you know what? I've never been to Florida and we MUST get ourselves over there. I've heard how terrific it is there.

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  5. Beautiful shades of blue and green. It looks like the perfect place for gondolas. I have never been to Florida but it looks beautiful in this pic. Maybe one of these days...

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  6. How exciting to see this aerial view of Venice, Florida. You were so smart to think of sharing it. I had no earthly idea what it looked like and find it most appealing. Makes me wonder about an aerial view of New Orleans. So much water crossing to get there but I know it would not be as lovely.

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  7. That aerial shot is cool. I went to school in Sarasota but never saw what Venice looked like in that context. I just remember a place with a black sand beach.
    At least when the bridge is up you get to see how the one percent live.

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  8. Water in Venice (Italy) can be quite disappointing. Even some days the smell is enough to make you realize the romance of the image of Venice is stronger than the reality.

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  9. That's a lovely aerial view.
    I have been to Venice, Italy. Lots of fun there.

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  10. What a beautiful area! I hope you have a lot of sun and warm weather!

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  11. Your Venice does look beautiful and I bet the water is a LOT cleaner than the other Venice, but I would be willing to go check it out! There is an area here in southern California where you can go take gondola rides but I've never done it. And I really should!

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  12. Happy 2015, Olga. I see you're back in a warm climate - beautiful, too.

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  13. Thanks for sharing this. Actually, I had just looked up where Venice is about a week ago because hubby and I are coming to Florida next month. I wanted to see where Venice is because we might come and visit the place. I read in the AAA TourBook the following: "Venice has a distinct Mediterranean ambiance with Northern Italian influences." No gondolas are mentioned, but it says it is a popular destination for boating. I think we will try to get over to check it out. If we do, do you want to meet for coffee? Let me know via email.

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  14. My dad tried to use his gondola on the intracostal canal in Florida and nearly sank the boat! The tides and currents are too strong and he had to resort to using small trolling motors on the gondola.
    You might be wondering why he had a gondola. . . when he and Mom visited Venice Italy he became enchanted with the gondolas and had one --a wedding gondola-- shipped to Ft. Lauderdale where they had a condo, He eventually donated it to the Boy Scouts!

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