Sunday, July 15, 2012

2012 SFC- Gondola Ride

Nope, I had never been on a gondola.

When we were in Venice the summer of 2007 (just before I started writing this blog), the ex (who wasn't ex at the time) took the kids on a gondola ride whilst I scrounged around the airport luggage rooms in search of our baggage.  But that's a memory I'd just as soon not recount.

After dinner, a poll was taken, and Will, Hutch, Alix and the Hancock crew decided to joined me for a nighttime ride through the canals of Venice.



I didn't want to use my flash, so some of the photos aren't terrific...but the trip was!!!



Our gondolier was....very....gondolier-like. Wonderful.



Hancocks in one boat, the rest of us in the other.



I think Lex liked it.




The grand canal at dusk is really magical, with all the lights reflecting in the water.








We had an "awwwwww" moment.  This couple just--I mean JUST- got engaged.





The fellow smiling and looking at the camera is the singer.  He seranaded ALL of us.  His accompanist has his back to us.  Charming moment--what fun to share in it!  Things like this can only happen in Venice.......


Our gondolier convinced Emerson that she needed to become a gondoliera.





Fun fact to know:  there are 496 gondoliers licensed in Venice....and only one gondoliera.  Make that two.


Then it was Hutch's turn.




He's getting the hang of it.



Confidence!



I think he may have a future career!!!!!

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