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