I paused on a bridge and saw this gondola go by.
I could never get bored of watching these magnificent boats plying the waters of their city.
And no two are identical.
Each gondolier personalizes his boat.
In this case I noticed that not only had the gondolier chosen blue floorboards for his boat, but he did the scallops (those curved side accents) in a darker blue rather than the traditional black.
Aahh, but I'm getting ahead of myself here.
First, let's start with a nice wide-angle of the gondola:
Yeah, that's nice.
And of course our gondolier does that put-the-foot-against-the-wall thing so subtly.
In this case he uses the opposite foot.
The couple takes it all in, and as they approach, we begin to see just how nice this gondola is. Fully carved decks, an impressive scimier (the crest decoration that rests atop the seat back), and several other details you might hope to see in a gondola.
Preparing for a tight turn, the gondolier uses his left foot this time,
and deftly pushes off the wall behind him.
I swear, everything on this gondola is carved.
Such a beauty!
As they emerged from the bridge I was standing on,
I noticed that the gentleman had his phone out...
So I snapped a shot...wondering if I might just be able to zoom in on the photo later.
Not bad, but I could have gotten the focus a little better.
They passed under the bridge I was standing on,
and the gondolier stepped forward to row sotomorso style.
It was at that point I noticed the blue scallops on his floorboards.
I also spent some time drooling over the portela,
the carvings, and pretty much everything else.
And just as smoothly as they had arrived, our gondolier, his blue-themed boat, and happy passengers glided off to see more of La Serenissima.