Sunday driving, with a difference


In Venice, it’s a case of “Dad, may I borrow the oars”, rather than the keys.

These young fellows were having a good time, and the oarsman was also learning how to row and speak on the phone at the same time, a necessary skill these days!

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Yes, mom, I’m being careful

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17 responses to “Sunday driving, with a difference

  1. Do they have to get boat driving licenses? I bet kids love it! I loved it when I was there, the gondola ride was the icing topping the cake for me. 🙂

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    • I stand to be corrected, but I don’t think a licence is needed to row boats such as these. A motorised boat would be a different story, perhaps.

      A gondola ride is one of those things that should be done at least once in a lifetime.

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  2. Have you read The Gondola Maker by Laura Morelli? Really enjoying it at the moment. Hope it has a good ending.

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  3. Do they have many drownings in Venice with all those canals. I can’t see people wearing life jackets there.

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  4. Sadly it won’t be too long before they pass a law against using a handheld cell phone or texting while rowing. Will gondolas and other boats be equipped with hands free capability….for the phone….not the oars?

    Yes, definitely a chick magnet…..he would have had me before he said hello.

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  5. Perfetto!!
    Darlene has a good point!!

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  6. Romantic vehicle for a date.

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  7. These are some useful skills I think! Especially talking on the phone! My girl grew up texting and has a hard time talking on the phone! Hard to believe!
    Beautiful photos! The water is a beautiful color!

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    • They were on a quiet little side canal. That boat they’re using is quite special, and looks pretty new. There are only a couple of places in Venice where such boats (and gondolas) are still made.

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      • They are really wonderful! How deep is the water?

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      • Generally speaking, the side canals are not extremely deep. When there is an unusually low tide, you’ll see the motor boats kick up sludge from the bottom of the canals.

        The Grand Canal would be deeper, it takes a lot of traffic. Here, I just found this online: “Slightly more than 2 miles (3 km) long and between 100 and 225 feet (30 and 70 metres) wide, the Grand Canal has an average depth of 17 feet (5 metres) and connects at various points with a maze of smaller canals.”

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