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June 2, 2008

Kayaking in Venice


What a wonderful idea: David Kocieniewski put an inflatable kayak (above) into the canals of Venice and, along with his girlfriend, paddled his way around the city.

In his article in yesterday's New York Times Travel section he wrote, "The legalities of using your own boat in Venice are ambiguous. Part of the official Venetian tourist Web site states that only city residents may operate a boat in the canals, but the local rowers insist that restriction is enforced only regarding motorcraft. (We encountered more than a dozen police boats and attracted nothing more than a smile and a bemused shake of the head.)

His narrated video is here.

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Who says kayaking in Venice is not romantic. We paddle there every day (almost) and its better than a gondola :-)

Find us at www.venicekayak.com

Posted by: René Seindal | Jun 13, 2008 3:27:47 PM

I've always wanted to kayak down the Chicago River. It's a giant steel canyon in essence. Everytime I'm there I want to, but I never do.

Posted by: Andrew | Jun 2, 2008 4:01:00 PM

Perfect solution, no undue vibrations to building foundations, no pollution of any kind, easy to maneuver and portable enough to allow you to lift out and cross with on foot should the necessity arise. No romance however and that is what Venice, gondolas and gondolieri are all about.

Posted by: Milena | Jun 2, 2008 3:57:52 PM

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