Kayaking Under the Bridge of Sighs in Venice, Italy
Can a kayak get a parking ticket? “Only in Venice,” my patient guide from Venice Kayak tells me as we enter a Los Angeles level traffic jam, but with gondolas and water taxis. Above me is the magnificent Bridge of Sighs and rising high on both sides is the most spectacular floating architecture in the world. This is the only traffic jam I’m happy to navigate slowly. When we finally break free into the Grand Canal, my heart stops as a sleek motorboat heads straight toward me, but swerves off at the last minute. “Follow me,” says my fearless leader as he guides me into a swift flowing freeway of gliding vessels. Here I am, me in my tiny kayak, overwhelmed by the grandeur of Venice. But tonight, I’ll be sipping wine on the beaches of the Lido, that is, after I paddle there. No one, except me, will be able to say they kayaked to dinner.