We've moved from Baltimore, Maryland USA to Venice, Italy in pursuit of living our dream!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A little fun on the Zattere the other day

Monday afternoon while taking a nice stroll along the Zattere, Mike and I had the pleasure of stumbling on a street performance. We see a number of street musicians all the time, and a fair number of mimes, but this is the first time we've seen anything like this "Circus Vagabond", as his sign described him. (The Zattere is a wonderful promenade that runs the whole length of Dorsoduro. It's a favorite spot of locals to sit at an outdoor cafe on a sunny day, enjoying a coffee, a glass of wine, or a gelato at Nico's, one of the best gelateria's in Venice.)

This young man had strung a rope between one of the Palazzo's and a street lamp on the canal side. At first we thought he was just going to joke around, and he wouldn't attempt to tightrope, but sure enough, he did it! He did a hilarious performance as he walked across this rope, I only wished I had my video camera with me. Luckily I had my little digital with me and was able to snap a few shots.

He kept the growing crowd entertained as he walked, and clowned around, all the way across the tightrope.

Then he turned around and tightroped back to the other side, grabbed onto the Palazzo, and climbed up onto the balcony. Can you just imagine what the people inside that apartment must have thought when they saw him peering into their windows!!!