Tag Archives: Free Gondola Ride

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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Only Three Minutes for You

Only a precious three minutes of exterior Venice footage, from the TWA plane flying into the old airport to when Faith and Kate drive off into Tuscany. That’s why I rented Only You, the 1994 film by Norman Jewison and … Continue reading

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Random Venice Journal Entry #4

I’ve decided to begin a sporadic series. Every now and then I’ll dip into my journals and type up something about Venice. It’s been a while, but here’s a new installment. Stefano is one of the gondoliers I befriended back … Continue reading

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December Book Sale!

In the spirit of giving gifts, I’m offering sale prices on my three Venice books for the month of December. Two dollars off each title! Visit each website to get this deal (which is not available if you buy at … Continue reading

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Better Than 20 Years Ago

  While in Venice this summer, I inadvertently ran into an old friend, Diego. He is a gondolier who I met in 1997 when I was researching and writing my book Free Gondola Ride about Venice’s gondoliers. On the same … Continue reading

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Gondola Stuff–Ashtray?

Time to share another item from my collection of gondola stuff! This is, I believe, an ashtray; as you can see it’s from Ristorante Pizzeria Fuin. I picked it up at an antique store in Venice, though I can’t remember … 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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