There's a rumor that's been flying around for a while among gondoliers in Southern California. Ever since the Vogalonga, guys have been talking about new boats coming into town - Long Beach, to be exact.
It seems that when the guys from Gondola Getaway went out to Venice, they came back with more than memories and t-shirts. They came back with a shipping receipt, and out of that big metal container came this beautiful sandolo that any gondola operator should be envious of.
The name "sandolo" is a bit of a catch-all term, kind of like "sedan" or "airplane". There are many different members of the sandolo family,
but the term most folks use when referring to a passenger version is
"sandolo Buranello", and judging from the pictures, this is a nice one.
Really, when you think about it, Eric Sjoberg is the perfect guy to have on the boat for photos like this - he looks like he's having just as much fun as his passengers are.
Andrew got a chance to row the boat tonight and he tells me that she handles quite nicely on the waters of Alamitos Bay.
My compliments to Mike at Gondola Getaway - she's a nice looking boat.