December 31, 2009

Travel: un giro a Venezia

Yesterday morning the weather was not too bad - for a winter day in the Veneto province where fog is very common during several winter months. Above is the view from my room at my Italian family's house that is located between Venice and Padua, at the river Brenta. The sky is slightly grey, but no rain yesterday - sunshine only on top of the far away Alps. The climbing Santa (left in the pic) was already seen in the region last year. This year it seems that a container ship from China full of climbing plastic Santas has flooded the area.

Okay, we said, this is a good day to go for 'un giro a Venezia' - to go for a walk in Venice - which is 15 car minutes away.

Remember our last window shopping tour in Venice? Different window from a different Murano glass shop. The name of the shop and part of the newly renovated basilica at San Marco square are reflecting in the window.

More reflection of Venice architecture here in mirrows outside an antique shop near campo di San Stefano.

Above is not a gondola rented for 100 Euro or more. It is a traghetto - a public ferry that you can use to cross the canale grande for 50 cents including romantic feelings for several minutes.
Seen at Palazzo Grassi (BTW museum is closed on Tuesdays!).

A clever painter paints sexy women in red posing in elegant rooms with a view on the canale grande - attracting tourists of all gender and age. I like the lamps (below) - and of course this view !

Another red called 'rosso Venezian'. Remember my reflection about the outside colour for our house ? Pink or yellow? My suocera (mil), originates from the Veneto region, suggested Venetian red, with a smile of course.

Both pictures above where taken through the window of a restaurant near Rialto were we had lunch.

This was the secondo piatto of CC - seppia nera con polenta - not everyone's favorite - black squid. I am not a professional food photographer or stylist... but it did not look any better than this.

Away from the tourist path walking about Norhwest through Cannareggio - not exactly knowing where we are, but the best way to discover new corners in Venice.

A fun traffic sign discovered at the end of our walk through Venice.
It probably means: 'no passing except for gondola'.


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