World Tour (1931-32) Revisited: Venice, March 19th, 1931

Below is newsreel footage of Charlie’s gondola ride through the Grand Canal in Venice on the day of his arrival. The crowds would applaud and shout “chow!” as his boat passed. “It is their greeting,” he remembered, “and so I am ‘chowing’ from then on.”

Next stop: Paris on March 22nd. The next leg of Charlie’s trip is an interesting one. After a week in Paris (which will include a side trip to Normandy to go boar hunting), he will move on to Nice. There he will reunite with his brother, Sydney, as well as meet the woman who will remain with him for the next year. Stay tuned…

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