Posted by: jeanne | February 18, 2015

carnevale is over – whew

yesterday was the last day of carnival.  since marie has been with us, we’ve been getting up early and doing carnival related things.

early means 5 am.

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actually, we ALL got up at 5 only once, but marie and jim have been getting up regularly, and wandering back to the house around the time i was sitting in bed having my first cup of coffee, around 9.

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they’ve been leaving the house around 6, catching the vaporetto up to san marco and catching the costumed figures under the streetlights of the piazza as the sky turned blue.  that’s what seems important.

the serious photographers with their competitively phallic cameras are all out, and the costumed figures are left with wide spaces around themselves, in order to get the best shots of them.

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there are no tourists, per se.  they come out only once the sun comes up, and then they walk across the sight lines of the cameras, they pose with the figures for selfies, they generally make a big pain of themselves, such that i’m already taking notes for my next unpublished novel…

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we noticed some flashbulbs across the bacino of san marco a couple of days ago, around sunset.  and we were talking to some british tourists on the vaporetto (armed with big cameras), and they told us that the place to be at sunset was over on san georgio maggiore, an island across the way, on the giudecca side, where the sun sets near the salute church.  no tourists, only photographers and costumed models.

so, after a nap for everyone yesterday, we went out on one vaporetto, changed for another one, and went off to san georgio, all three of them in costume.  i have not bothered with the costume thing at all, even tho i brought one, sort of, and jim went to a lot of trouble to decorate my mask.  but it seemed to irrelevant to me.

however, dressing them up was important.  i’d gone to a lot of trouble to make capes for both jim and connor, and we’d spent several weeks getting everything together for them, so we dressed them up and i took the camera to get photos.

the first night, we were late, and the sun was already at the horizon when we got there, so i set connor up near the edge of the walk, right next to the water, and backed off to get pictures.  he never went in the canal – that’s not where i’m going with this – but a whole bunch of photographers swarmed around him, and he stood patiently for as many photographs as he could take.  and then he whipped his wig off (we’d lost his hat the day previous, somehow) and started running along the high water boards, back and forth, screaming the way he does.

tonight, we went at 4, when the sun was still high, and i had time to walk around the island, most of which is behind fences, and some of which seems to be private marina.

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there were about a dozen or more costumed figures, and at least a hundred photographers, and we did the usual – rushing around wildly, joining the mob of photographers taking silly pictures.

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silly because nobody seems to notice when they’re casting a shadow on the costumed figure, nobody cares when a vaporetto saunters behind the figures, nobody cares when the light isn’t good enough to get more than a silhouette.

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i put connor in a good spot, and bunches of people took as many pictures as he would allow.  he seems to like making angry and monster faces at them, especially tonight, and his mood didn’t take long to change, so we were done with his posing after about 10 minutes.

but then he went around talking to people.

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he talked to the ladies he’d bothered about taking their masks off yesterday, and they were as gracious as ever (lots of photographers got the lady crouching down to talk to him), even tho he continued right where he’d left off.

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he talked to this dynamite guy dressed in silver (sort of a cosmic steampunk look, with boots that weighed 10 pounds apiece).

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the star guy told him all sorts of things, and connor played right along.

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where are your eyes?  they’re in a box at home.  you can’t see?  no, i’ll put them back in when i take off my costume.

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he was a riot.  (lots of photographers got them both in their little contest – they guy knelt down to get on connor’s level, so connor knelt.

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then the guy lay on the ground, so connor sat on the ground).

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the sun went down, the sky developed its wonderful venetian colors, everybody headed for the vaporetto, and went home.  it all broke up a little earlier than usual, because everybody was probably as glad as we were that it’s all over now, and it’s 40 days of lent until easter.  hopefully the tourists will all pack up and leave.

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jim said there were lots of oriental tourists who left this morning, and perhaps all the european and american ones will go home too, and leave us in peace for awhile.

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