venetian gondolas might seem cool transportation, traditional treasures on a romantic look back to a past we never knew. we crossed bridges. we saw tourists. hottest weather i had ever known. many things to be avoided, but not gelato. maybe gelato saved our lives. we didn't try a water taxi either. we had other plans and vaporettos, took us where we wanted to go. the water itself held no appeal. on such hot days everything smelled, no perfume, so bad! (she wasn't happy). and like sand in an hourglass, our time ran out. some memories were very good. varnished, polished, water taxis, gleaming in hot sunlight by the sea, glistened, and looked like something we might try some day. if we had more time, if the sand has not run out.