Our Gondolier was a handsome man and friendly! Gondolas are hand-made using 8 different types of wood (fir, oak, cherry, walnut, elm, mahogany, larch and lime) and are composed of 280 pieces. The Gondolier profession has been a male dominated one until just recently in 2009, when the first female gondolier began working!
Venice was exactly as I pictured it…although we didn’t have much time to explore the outer reaches. We were told by our tour guide that many Venetians have moved from Venice because of the increased cost of living due to the influx of tourists!
I chose a restaurant along the main canal to have dinner (the photo below shows the view from our table) and we were about ready to leave when my traveling companion slipped to the waiter that it was my birthday. He said, “Don’t go anywhere…stay there…I’ll be right back!”
A few minutes later he burst out of the restaurant with a few other waiters and began singing Happy Birthday…loudly…carrying a dish of Tiramisu and two small glasses of Limoncello. I thanked them profusely and we savored the treats! I really enjoy the desserts in Europe. They don’t seem as sweet as desserts in America!
As dusk is coming…a subtle change seems to move through the air.
They look quite relaxed and handsome!
Our ship stayed docked overnight…so we returned in the evening. The following day was the only off-weather day during our entire three weeks in Europe and if you can believe it…I decided to stay on board! Although Venice was beautiful and charming…I don’t know that I would return…there are too many other places on my list!
- Lost and Found in Venice (landlopers.com)
- Winter in Venizia… Bellissimo! (gumbopirate.com)
- Getting lost in Venice – Venice, Italy (travelpod.com)
- That’s Amore: Venetian Gondola Ride the Ultimate Romantic Escape (suitcaseandholdall.co.uk)
- How To Navigate Your Way Round Venice (globalgoodgroup.com)
- The Best Souvenirs from Venice (globalgoodgroup.com)
- taylor swift planned venice break for harry styles (thesun.co.uk)