This trip was like a string of pearls of amazing, funny and breathtaking moments, but after a few minutes thinking about it, I decided. I can't think of a better joy than being with my friend +Nafeesa Koslik on her first gondola ride.
Earlier in the day we'd visited Lorenzo's workshop, learned about the traditional process for making (and repairing) these lovely boats, and a bit about what it takes to be a gondolier.
Our guide, Monika, and Professor Yasha!
All of the gondolas are different. It's a point of pride.
And some naughty person left our mark! (We wiped it off. ) But look how shiny that lacquer is, you can see a person reflected through the dust!
As soon as we found time, a group of us wanted to try this traditional mode of transport. Although gondoliers are respected, locals don't take rides--it's strictly a tourist trade! There were a lot of options but I liked the one we picked, San Toma, which means Saint Thomas!
After hearing that gondola rides are very safe because everyone respects their vulnerability and history, we were surprised when a motorboat hit the back of our gondola in a minor traffic jam entering the grand canal. Luckily everyone was OK. We were able to continue.
Venice really looks like the postcards. Most of our trip was so peaceful; it was like another world from the crowded streets. What a great way to see more of the city.
Look at Nafeesa's expression. How could this NOT be my favorite moment?
We wondered whether these kayakers were on a tour, or just out for fun. Watch out for the grand canal!
Thanks to our intrepid six for a great moment. -- 80 Euros/ 6 ways = priceless memories.