Each was coming in from the Grand Canal and heading toward La Fenice.
To the untrained eye, a gondola is a long black boat, which looks like all other gondolas.
But to those of us who "have the disease", each gondola is like a different wine - ready to be described and appreciated for her varied aspects and unique features.
So here's the first boat:
I'm a sucker for blue floorboards.
As the gondolier came into view, it looked like he was going to smile at me...
The decrative rope and pom-poms look like recent additions, and I couldn't help admiring the tapestry draped behind the seat-back.
As the tail of the gondola disappeared under my bridge, I caught a glimpse of the tapeto (gondolier's carpet) and realized I'd seen it before in another canal or one like it on another gondola.