"This is how grace works; it enters the soul, penetrates the heart, saturates the conscience, abides in the memory, affects the affections, gives understanding to the understanding, and imparts real life to the heart, which is the seat of life." Spurgeon

Friday, August 26, 2011

Gondola Ride In Venice

Built by fleeing Italians on over 120 small islands when barbarians from the north passed through to invade and sack Rome in 421AD, Venice is home currently to 60,000 people.

Many famous explorers, scientists and musicians were born and lived their incredibly productive lives here. On our gondola ride we passed within feet of the birthplaces and childhood homes of Marco Polo, Galileo and Vivaldi, to name a few.

We passed next to the bell tower in San Marcos Square where Galileo, while studying the night skies, first realized that the world is round.

So beautiful and huge and labyrinth that words and pictures fail to describe even 1/100th it's majesty, we have enjoyed our stay here and appreciate anew how our surroundings directly effect our potential. It's no wonder that so many men [and women such as Diane Shaw] of greatness were born and raised in Italy.


  1. you failed to mention the greatness of the women of Italy...I am trying to not take offense! :)

  2. Looks very romantic there. Are the children taking the picture or are they on a different gondola? Hope they are enjoying it too! How is the car doing? Did you exchange it. Where do you go next? Will, I'll bet USPE 's phone is busy with hurricane Irene hitting the east coast. Please send us an update on your itinerary since I think Holly mentioned a change in plans. My goodness I can't wait to be with you all. Love to my dear family, Mom and Grandma

  3. Where are you now - it is Monday afternoon here and we just got back from the lake. Wondering how everything is going since the gondola ride, as it is now August 29th. Love Mom and Grandma

  4. OH I LOVE THIS!!!!
    A dream of any woman to be on a gondola ride with her husband in Italy! Bless you both and your marriage. May these experiences bind your hearts together so no man can ever tear them apart.