A Gondola Ride in Venice, Italy
A Gondola Ride in Venice, Italy –> This was definitely one of the items on our bucketlist for Europe this summer! I assumed that we would hop into a gondola the minute that we got to Venice, but for some reason, this just did not happen. In fact, as we went to bed on our last evening in Venice, I was really sad that we had somehow let the time get away from us. We kept delaying our gondola ride as the days went by, and before we knew it, our time was almost up. I had an image in my mind of a romantic gondola ride at sunset. Perhaps some wine, beautiful Italian music, and Justin and I gazing at each other…. hahaha! Well that just didn’t happen guys. Firstly, EVERY tourist in Venice has this same desire, so around sunset the canals are PACKED full with numerous gondolas. In fact, as we walked the side streets on our last evening, we were amazed at the “gondola traffic jams”. And secondly, we have a toddler!
As we lay down to sleep on our last night in Italy, we made the decision to wake up extra early, pack our bags back into the car, check out of the hotel, and head back down to the canals. By doing this we were able to steal one last morning in Venice. Let me tell you what the best part about this decision was… everyone else was still asleep or inside. We were able to take a quiet stroll through the streets of Venice, and see this city in it’s most perfect form. We eventually came across an Italian man sitting nearby his gondola and asked him if he would take us for a ride.
One of the main reasons that we were apprehensive, and delayed our gondola ride, was that we were unsure how Elijah would be while we were on the water. He is generally quite good on boats, but sometimes he wants to explore. Of course, when you’re paying money for what is meant to be a romantic ride, you don’t want to constantly be pulling a toddler from the edge.
Justin ran over to a nearby restaurant and picked up a bottle of wine (for us) and a portion of fresh french fries (for little man)… and we hopped onto the gondola. I have no idea why we doubt Eli – he is absolutely amazing. He happily sat and ate his fries while we drank wine and floated along the Venetian canals. Our gondola guy was a jolly and full of smiles. He kept smiling down at Eli… and then, without much warning, he began to sing to us. His strong Opera voice bounced off the walls of the streets that surrounded us. The echo-ing of his voice was so enchanting that Eli stopped what he was doing to stare up at him. Of course, he was singing an Italian song – which made this experience all the more incredible!
We almost missed this experience, and yet it somehow turned out being more perfect that we imagined it would be. A definite ✔︎ on our European Road Trip Bucketlist (which we will share with you in the next few weeks).