Old World Gondoliers…Little Did I KNOW!
Have you ever had a surprise from your family that just blew you away?
The night started out, with our family driving to downtown Indianapolis to partake in a fabulous meal at the Creation Cafe. This adorable cafe is located in the historic Buggs Temple on the first floor over looking the spectacular canal view of downtown Indianapolis. My family started filling me in of the huge history of this building and I was very impressed how this all came to be.
After dinner and drinks…the family suggested we take a walk down the canal to take in the spectacular views. Now mind you…it was a perfect 75 degree evening with a slight breeze…BeYOND PERFECT!
I was so excited because I had my camera, and thought I would have a great opportunity to take some shots.
Little did I KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We started off down the canal sidewalk and I am snapping away and kept saying, “It is just SO beautiful out!”
They all kept replying, “It sure is.”
My youngest daughter Ashley, stopped at the beautiful gondola and starts talking to the gondolier.
I start to laugh at her boldness and saying to myself…there goes our Miss Hollywood!
A nickname that originated from my girlfriends from years past.
The next thing I know, the gondolier is helping them inside this BEAUTIFUL boat…OMG!!!
WHAT…I SCREAM? We are riding in the gondola?!
They all busted out laughing on seeing my reaction, I thought I was going to pass out!
I kept saying, REALLY…REALLY??
The gondolier says, “Here…let me help you to step inside.” Someone grabs my camera, so I can maneuver this move without tipping everyone over…LOL!
As you can see, the family is ALL smiles that they pulled this BIG surprise on their mother…well everyone except, Little Man. He just can’t understand why Grammie is acting so over the top?
Let me introduce to you our gondolier…Goffredo from Old World Gondoliers. He was so crazy good…fun and was filled with so much wonderful information about the history of Venice and the gondola over the years past.
His voice was like an angel…and I thought to myself…this isn’t Venice, Italy…but he did a great job in transporting me back there.
Now, we did have one little mishap to the story…Little Man started the journey with his pacifier, mommy knew this was going to be a long night so she broke the rules and let him have it.
During our ride, he pulled the pacifier out of this mouth real quick and it went flying out into the canal!
Without thinking and having a mothers instinct…I immediately tried to reach over the side.
Well, you can just imagine…the gondola started to tip over…and I heard “WHOA” from everyone!
Goffredo, had told us in the beginning, “Whatever you do, don’t lean over the sides!” sigh…
Totally embarrassed and I am sure turning all shades of red, I said, “So sorry!”
Now as you can see by the image above, “Little Man” was none too happy!
He is crying his woes to his Uncle Luke and Aunt Ashley.
Can you see their two different reactions of his outcry?
Uncle Luke thinks this is hilarious…Aunt Ashely…eeeew…knowing there is going to be a problem☺
One of the beautiful views of the canal with all its charm.
The Canal Walk is a beautiful and popular urban respite for fitness enthusiasts and serenity seekers alike, providing a unique view of Indianapolis. This is Downtown’s waterfront, dotted with pedal boats and gondolas all summer long, with bicycles and surreys gracing the district’s pathways.
I invite you to come experience this journey into the past if you are ever in the Indianapolis area. Sit back and let your imagination take you to the canals of Venice, where you will be serenaded by your Gondolier as you are transported into the romance of old Italy.
I would like to publicly thank my generous family for providing me this beautiful memory of a lifetime!
Oh my gosh, I just realized…I get to cross something off my bucket list. Woohoo!
Tip of the day for Bloggers/Photographers:
Photographing an important event…
Don’t be afraid to capture the CANDID moments too!
Case in point, “Little Man upset about his pacifier!”
So many photographers will only shoot the perfect moments….but what really captures the emotion is the candid shots!
This will show the families personality and will mean the most to them in the long run.
Did you have a great weekend?
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