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Bug Killler Gondola

As part of my occasional series of gondola-related stuff, here’s your latest peek into my collection. I got this at the fair trade shop by the Rialto Bridge. It’s made from used bug spray cans. Clever recycling, but whoever got … Continue reading

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Gondola Sighting–NYC

At the boathouse in New York’s Central Park, this gondola was moored and sadly only half covered. Maybe it’s been a long winter, but she was a bit beat up along her side and her forcola was well-worn. Still, I … Continue reading

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Puzzling #6

I just realized that I never posted the finished puzzle! Here it is.

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Puzzling #3

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Answers to Your Gondola Questions

Ever wonder why gondolas are black? Or why they’re asymmetrical? Do you want to see a gondolier with a knife in hand? Here’s a fun animated talk about the history of the gondola in Venice: http://lauramorelli.com/2014/09/05/the-history-of-the-venetian-gondola-a-new-video-lesson-for-ted-ed/ One of my favorite … Continue reading

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Cartoon Analysis

Last weekend the comic strip Rose Is Rose featured a gondolier! http://www.gocomics.com/roseisrose/2014/11/23 Let’s do some analysis here: The gondola has a proper forcola (with a bend in it and a little cleft to hold the oar), and there’s a ferro … Continue reading

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The Gondola Maker–Book Review

I was recently invited to participate in Italy Book Tours, a website that sends readers on “tours” of books about Italy. What a great concept, huh? The book I was asked to read is The Gondola Maker by Laura Morelli. … Continue reading

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