Category Archives: Gondolas

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Greg Mohr

Gondola Greg, as he’s widely known, reached out to me years ago when I published my first book Free Gondola Ride. He’s the president of the Gondola Society of America and also runs an American gondola company with multiple locations … Continue reading

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Random Journal Entry #8

The last Random Journal Entry was about the joy of Venetian mosquitos. This one looks at that special joy of drinking too much coffee and lying awake all night. I also write about my very first traghetto ride. How delicious … Continue reading

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Random Journal Entry #7

Another in the continuing series of random writings I pull from old journals. This is kind of a weird topic, but I bet many of you have experienced the zanzare… Aug. 6 I’m being eaten alive by bugs. I spent … Continue reading

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A Peek into the Past

A reader recently shared this link from the Telegraph. Check out the Venice of a hundred plus years ago. Some are black and white only, while others are hand tinted. 21 Photos of Early Venice I’m trying to make sense … Continue reading

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Gondola Stuff: Ae Do gondoete

From my collection of gondola stuff: a small wine pitcher, apparently from a restaurant called Ae Do Gondoete (a name in Venetian that means “at the two little gondolas”). Does anyone know if this restaurant is still around? Or where it … Continue reading

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A Title in Question

“First Female Gondolier in Venice” Who holds that title? Why is this question important (or not?) What does it signify? Why are we asking? The question became pertinent again this summer when RadioLab aired its story “The Gondolier” about Alex … Continue reading

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Random Journal Entry #6

It’s been a long time since I posted a piece in this occasional series, where I dip into my journals from past trips to Venice. While waiting in the airport to fly back to Venice this summer, I read through … Continue reading

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