Gondoliers. Venice, Italy

Prior to arriving in Venice, the only time i had seen gondoliers outside the movies was in Central Park. A lone gondola plies the waters with a lone gondolier, whose name is Andres if the boathouse's website is to be believed.

The first memory I have of seeing a gondola and gondolier was in From Russia, with Love. At the end, James Bond Sean Connery settles in with his leading lady as they drift down the Venetian canals. At least that's how I remember it. I could be wrong.

The movie that first made me long to go to Venice was Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. I remember Harrison Ford walking through a beautiful piazza by the canals, and I wonder now where that is. I haven't seen the movie in a while, and my memory is fuzzy, but it seems like it was an impossible place that they had found, the architecture literally floating out in the bay.

Venice was immediately magical. Stepping off the train, I couldn't believe I had arrived. I stayed on the edge of town, uncertain as to the geography of the place. Now that I know, I would choose another location to stay, and another time to visit. I still long to go in November or December. Maybe next Thanksgiving. It shouldn't be overrun then, should it?

This is an outtake from my Rome to Istanbul series.

Comments (6)

I am dying to go back to Venice! curse you for these taunts!

Posted by CrashRyan on 18 Mar 2012, 8.30 PM

I wonder what they are talking about. A very intriguing picture.

Posted by Barbro on 04 Apr 2012, 11.59 AM

You have some great photos here! You should enter some in Canon's Project Imaginat10n: https://www.longliveimagination.com

Posted by Allie on 11 Sep 2012, 12.57 PM

Excellent. Hope to be there one day.

Posted by georg on 02 Dec 2012, 6.06 AM

Wow, that's a great shot! Lovely atmosphere...

Posted by Buryan on 15 Jul 2013, 4.01 PM

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Posted by Scott Staley on 30 Jan 2014, 8.02 AM

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