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.


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


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