More and more I've been noticing the presence of black hose-like things used on gondolas to serve as qasi-fenders.
Sometimes they're black hoses, sometimes bicycle tire innertubes - I just call them hoses.
This guy, has taken the whole hose thing to a new level.
The fending method is clever but I wonder if his sister has noticed yet that the tires on her pink bicycle are missing along with the inner tubes.
Take a closer look at the clipper-ship painted on on the portela of the gondola next to it. Interesting deck carvings too.