Now and then I come across "gondolas" in locations so removed from Venice, that while they are called "gondolas", they are actually something else.
I'm not talking about boats that are shaped like gondolas but have motors. I'm certainly guilty of that. I'm talking about something more extreme.
Today we'll focus our attention on the country of Dubai.
And while I haven't any photos of my own to share with you, I think the following links ought to suffice.
A blogger named Nadia has a nice post about a waterway in Dubai where they give boat rides.
Here's a close-up of one of the boats there.
Another blog has more photos of the same waterway in this post.
It looks like they're using a boat called an "abra" to give tours on another waterway in the city.
I'm not sure if the boats in the previous location are also "abras".
Finally, I came upon something that sure does remind me of a certain casino in Las Vegas.
It looks like they were only rowed for a short time, but check out this article in the Dubai Chrionicle.