Thursday, April 27, 2017

Gondola...Post Kids

photo by Mark Schooling

Mark at Gondola Paradiso in Oxnard, California sent me this
amusing photo of his batela "post kids".
It cracked me up, and made me hope that it was a paying cruise.

I'll be he's thankful it wasn't a food cruise.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Three from the Water

Just three perfect moments captured from the water tonight.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Early Evening Departures

Sitting in the dock, enjoying the sunset,
I pulled out my phone and caught fragments of perfection
as our early evening cruises departed.

Ferro, fireball, and a perfect sky.
Jakob rows Stella, with four happy passengers.
Parker departs...
...and pushes on.

Evan rows The Phoenix out of the lagoon.
The sky was breathtaking.

 Kyle departs, as his passengers enjoy the evening air.

Kyle in action.

Michael Angelo Ruffino just returned from some amazing travel to the other side of the world.  Here are some snaps of his first departures since returning.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tandem at Twilight

photo by Steve Norwood

Eddie Rivera and I spent some time rowing tandem this evening,
and someone managed to snap this nice silhouette shot.

Big thanks to the photographer for capturing this image.

Monday, April 17, 2017


photo by Ruben J
Newport Beach is the only waterway I know of outside Venice, Italy where gondoliers from different servizios actually pass each other on the water.
Believe it or not, at one point we had as many as seven different gondola companies here.
You might think this would create a rivalry,
but the truth is that we are all friends.
As I've said for years:
"Nobody understands you, and that weird thing you do,
like someone who does that weird thing too."
Gondoliers in Newport encourage their passengers to toast folks in other gondolas with raised glasses, hearty "buon giorno" and "buona sera" greetings are exchanged, and then there are the fistbumps and such.
Here you see Parker and me carrying on the fistbump tradition:
Of course there are the high-fives, hat tips,
and the occasional "high-sticking"
(where both gondoliers reach out with the ends of their oars
and whack them together).
Big thanks to Ruben J for catching this moment on camera.
We have such a great job, rowing these beautiful boats in this great place.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Four Shots at Sunset

Here are a four snaps taken from the
back of my boat this evening in Newport.

Friday, March 31, 2017

A Miracle In Providence

I know, it's a catchy title.
Realistically I should have gone with
"Another Miracle In Providence"
because this is not the first time they've done such a thing at La Gondola.

Most people these days have a very short attention span.
In fact you're probably already saying
"Get to it Greg! What the heck is this about?"

Alright, alright.
Just, just take it easy, man.

Today's post is about a remarkable gondola restoration underway in Providence, Rhode Island.
And as interesting as that might be,
it's even more fantastic to watch it in the time-lapse format that they've chosen.

This is not the link.  I'm just teasing you with a cool screen-grab image.

If you're able to, you should get yourself to a larger screen to watch it.
You just can't appreciate it on your little smartphone.
Also, get something to snack on, cut out all distractions,
and watch the whole thing.

Just trust me on this.

It's a rare view into the shop of some true professionals,
who will likely surprise you with just how far they break things down in the process of restoring this Tramontin gondola.

There are lots of shortcuts and easy-to-do quick fixes.
You won't see any of those here.

Now click the link, bring it to full screen,
and watch the first phase of restoration - the first stage of this Miracle in Providence.

If you need to, go directly to it on YouTube at

That was about four months worth of work, boiled down and sped up, so you and I could watch it in twelve and a half minutes.

And this was just the first phase.
I can't wait to see what comes next.

Big compliments go out to David "Davide" Redero,
and William "Alberto" Oberg.

When the work is all done, and she's ready to launch,
I know that she will make a great addition
to the fleet of La Gondola in Providence, Rhode Island.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Terrorist Cell in Venice Raided

I try to keep things positive here on the Gondola Blog,
but now and then something Venice-related pops up that's news-worthy.
Here's a rare example.
Let's hope there won't be more.

Italian police break up alleged jihadist cell that planned to attack Venice's Rialto Bridge