Before our trip to Italy, when I imagined Venice . . . I imagined gondolas!
Gondolas . . . complete with gonodoliers in black-and-white striped shirts. With straw hats. And ribbons. Maybe singing . . . with an accordian, too.
And. Well. They're there, alright. (Not so much with the straw hats and ribbons, though.) (And the singing and accordians are available -- for extra fees.)
In fact, some of my first views of Venice - from our water taxi from train station to hotel - included gondolas. (Another icon. I giggled.)
And we knew it. We really did.
But we decided we couldn't resist. (Although we opted out on the accordian and the singing.)
Because, really. How can you be in Venice . . . and NOT take a gondola ride???
We started out on the Grand Canal . . . with an awesome view of the Rialto Bridge. (Really, the best way to SEE the Rialto Bridge is from the middle of the Grand Canal.)
Our twenty-minute ride took us through several canals and under many bridges.
Was it worth it? Oh, yeah. It's overpriced and a total tourist trap. But I don't regret it for a moment. If you find yourself in Venice, be sure to hop aboard a gondola! It's one of those things you've just got to do. (Shop around a bit, though, because the rates are variable, and the gondoliers are independent; they set their own rates.)
Until next time (because there is still more to show-and-tell you. . ),