Yes we actually have canals in Venice, I did not see any gondolas this morning but maybe next time I'll spot one.
In case you want to move here, the rent is a mere $12,000 dollars a month. http://2333grandcanal.com/
Sometimes I just need to see "nothing" no people no buildings no cars just the horizon. I walk to the end of the pier and...... I look and think and drink in the view.