Visitors can take a gondola trip through the canals of Leeuwarden starting in late April.
According to the Leeuwarder Courant, the boat drifted along the waters of the Utrecht canals for ten years and was recently purchased by Frisian businessperson Hette van den Brink.
Van Den Brink, who is a video editor and sail maker, has given the gondola a paint job befitting its new home: the floor of the boat has been painted blue and will be decked out with yellow cushions. Blue and yellow are the colours of the city’s flag.
The former owner of the boat warned Van Den Brink that he will likely be bombarded with song requests when he’s on the water. The gondoliers in Venice are famed for their singing, but this Frisian gondolier says that his repertoire only consists of two songs.
The first passengers can cruise the Frisian canals starting in late April. The boat will likely be moored at the Museum harbour near the former stock exchange, which is currently being renovated by the University of Groningen to host Campus Fryslan. Embark points are also planned at the Blokhuispoort, de Harmonie theatre and the Noorderbrug.