Friday, November 13, 2015
In sun or cloud Venice always amazes
We admired the Campanile, the Clock Tower from the fifteenth century, and St. Mark's Cathedral with its domes, pinnacles and bronze horses. By now the walking platforms were really crowded and a carabinieri with full leg waders kept us moving. We passed the Doge's Palace, the seat of the Venetian government from the 9th century until 1797 and the home to the Duke of Venice.
It was lunchtime and we found the restaurant we were looking for after negotiating many narrow, narrow laneways and getting lost in a lovely enclosed square. We were well off the tourist track now. I had beautiful pasta nero or pasta made with black squid ink. It was delicious.
We continued our walk ending up on the Rialto Bridge with its many jewellery shops. Many of them were selling items made of beautiful shades of Murano glass. By now the sun was out and things were drying up quite quickly. We walked down Fondamenta del Vin parallel to the Grand Canal. It is such a lovely walk with all the majestic old palazzos lining the canal. It was time to sit down for a glass of wine and to do more people watching. Besides our legs needed a rest.
Tonight was our last dinner with our friends so we made it a celebratory dinner vowing to meet up in Europe or Australia in the next year or so. I hope we do.