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March 2010

A Beagle boards a water bus

Beagle on Venice vaporetto

In Venice, dogs can travel more cheaply than people do: For example, they ride free on the vaporetto or water bus. The Beagle in the photo above is enjoying the view from a No. 2 vaporetto in the Giudecca Canal. 

Below is a short video of the dog coming on board. If you look closely, you'll see a man carrying another (and smaller) canine passenger onto the vaporetto right before the Beagle steps onto the boat:

"Maggie, shake!" (As in "Shaker Heights")

Today, Maggie and Cheryl, her human companion, discovered the Shaker Heights (Ohio) High School Band presenting a free concert in the Campo San Stefano. (See videos and photos in our Venice Travel Blog.)

After the performance, a couple of friendly band members invited Maggie to pose with them, but she misinterpreted "Shaker Heights" to mean "Shake!", as you can see in the picture below:

Shaker Heights High School Band members with Maggie

A Beardie's gondola serenade

Venice's popular Gondola Serenade Tour may be schmaltzy, but it's fun, and we'll admit that (to our surprise) we enjoyed it ourselves when we sampled it a few years ago.

Normally, the tour features a singer, an accordion player, and a guitarist. Gondola passengers who take the tour at noon may find that the performers are drowned out briefly by Venice's church bells -- or, less musically, by the protests of a dog like Maggie who doesn't appreciate the sound of clappers hitting bronze. 

In the video below, you'll witness an unexpected serenade by a bedraggled Beardie in a yellow rain slicker as church bells ring and a gondola passes under a bridge: