Tag: watercraft

Gondola rides in Venice

No trip to Venice is complete without a ride on a Gondola…. or is it? Having travelled alone, I did not fancy the awkward (and expensive) situation of being in a gondola alone… especially if the gondolier starts singing (they usually don’t). But it is amazing the amount of effort that these guys put in and make these beautiful crafts glide so smoothly through the narrow canals

“Lives in New Jersey but calls herself a New Yorker”

Did you know that even though it is an iconic symbol of New York, the Statue of Liberty (and Liberty Island) is actually located within in the state of New Jersey and surrounded by it’s waters??? Apparently, it is all complicated and involved some legal and jurisdictional disputes but it has been agreed that the visible portion of the island (including the statue) fall under New York while the submerged portion belong to New Jersey! Weird but true!

I didn’t get to visit the statue itself but seeing it while taking the Staten Island Ferry was an experience in itself.

Here are a few more interesting facts about this amazing structure:
1) The statue’s full name is Liberty Enlightening the World
2) The seven spikes on the crown represent the seven oceans and the seven continents of the world
3) The statue has an iron infrastructure and copper exterior which has turned green due to oxidation. Although it’s a sign of damage, the patina (green coating) also acts as a form of protection from further deterioration.
4) The statue will be 133 years old in October this year (2018)
5) The $100K needed to erect it was actually crowd sourced with donations of $1 or less from the readers of the New York World newspaper