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“The Fayrest That Ever I Saw”

“…Certaine little boates, which they call Gondolas the fayrest that ever I saw in any place,” wrote Thomas Coryat of his travels in Venice in 1611. I’ve posted excerpts from Thomas Coryat’s diaries, his descriptions of Venetian gondoliers and canals. … Continue reading

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Gondola Stuff: Salt ‘n Pepper

  As part of the continuing series of gondola stuff I own, here’s one of my most interesting pieces–a salt and pepper shaker shaped like a traditional gondola with a felze. The felze comes apart into two pieces–the two shakers–that … Continue reading

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Gondola Stuff: Pen Knife

I found this lovely little gem at the mercato on Mazzorbo during its sagra a few years ago. If I’m in town at the right time, I go there for the regatte–usually the women race that day, as well as … Continue reading

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Gondola Stuff: Brooch

This lovely gem was recently given to me from a reader who lives across the pond. Mr. Drink Wine Today (check out his fabulous blog before it’s too late!) saw it in an Oxfam shop in Sheffield, walked away, then … Continue reading

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Sailing the Oakland Seas

I recently enjoyed a gondola ride on Lake Merritt in Oakland, California.¬†Torin, our gondolier, sang to us and regaled us with Oakland history. For example, did you know that Walt Disney gathered ideas for his iconic theme park by visiting … Continue reading

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Gondola Stuff: The Metalhead

From my collection of gondola stuff. I got this one off ¬†eBay in a sudden fit when I thought I needed more gondola things but I wasn’t in Venice to shop for something there. Unfortunately, it’s missing the tip of … Continue reading

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Felze Adventures

As I’ve been wandering Venice this summer, I occasionally come across a gondola tucked away here and there–I mean a historic gondola, one no longer in use. On Giudecca, near the boatyards, there was this one: Then in the courtyard … Continue reading

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