Thursday, November 22, 2007

IMAGES OF THE EXPEDITION – final remo raising

As the gondola pushed away from the dock in Albany for the last time, Vittorio shouted “In alzo i remi!” – a command to raise the oars. Raising of the oars, or “remi” is a way to salute someone. When gondolas and other Venetian craft pass the judges stand in the Regata Storica, they salute by raising the remi. When we were rowing off Manhattan, the FDNY fireboat gave a grand display, with water shooting in all directions, Vittorio responded by telling us “In alzo i remi!”

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