More From Venice

As usual, I have many photos so I want to share them. Venice is so full of photo ops.

The famous Realto Bridge was teaming with people.

So many lovely courtyards and gardens, most of which are private.

Wouldn’t you love to sit here along the canal and have a drink? It was in front of a hotel in the Carnaggio area of Venice which have way fewer tourists. Even at this time of year Venice was crowded but not like it will be this summer.

An unusual and bit crooked statue on the side of a building where the famous Italian artist, Tinoretto, once lived, also in Carnaggio.

Drying laundry when you don’t have a back yard line.

Evening light on a canal.

Three Days, Two Nights

We had a chance to be with friends for a short time (Two nights, three days) in Venice. It’s not long enough but no way was I turning it down. As always, it was fabulous.

Of course I took photos of many canals and bridges.

Obligatory shot of gondolas with their blue tarps.

One of several Spritzs made of Aperol, an orange liquor, Proseco and a bit of carbonated water. So pretty, so tasty, and such a part of Italy.

I’m usually not a fan of Italian pastries but these were exceptionally light and tender and, of course, chocolate.

The only bridge in Venice with three arches.

Madonnas are everywhere and I thought this one was especially charming, especially with the flowers.

Another madonna on the corner of a wall.

Five Days in Rome

Maurice and I love watching tennis and have traveled to see many tournaments. One of the tournaments that we see on TV every year is in Rome, the Rome Open, and it looks like such a beautiful setting that we decided to make the short trip (from Paris) to Rome to see some of it. I had been in Rome many years ago. I was by myself with two of my children driving all over with no GPS, just a guide book, finding hotels by driving around a city with my kids being my copilot. I don’t remember much of Rome for some reason-just a big rain storm and getting lost on a bus going in the wrong direction and some of the monuments. We met with my ex later in Venice. Anyway,this time it felt like our first time there. We got lost constantly, especially when trying to find our hotel. I learned to use the GPS function on my cell phone which gives you a map of where you are and at the end of the five days, we had our section of Rome pretty much figured out. Our hotel was in the part of Rome which is near Piazza Navona, central to most of what we wanted to see.

Castle San Angelo. We never made it there, just saw it from a distance.

As in all old city centers, there are many alleys and courtyards.

Beautiful painted buildings.

Those lovely Italian colored buildings.

God didn’t help this nun find her way either. I hope her map did.

We took one of those Hop On, Hop Off buses around Rome to see the major sites. This is, of course, the Coloseum. We had both visited this before so this was the closest we got.

More modern architecture.

Many corners, high above, had religious symbols and paintings.

This and That in Venice

Here are a few more photos from our fabulous week in Venice. We had such a great, relaxing time.

Huge, gorgeous painting by Titan of the assumption of Mary in the Frari Church. There was another one there by him too.

These were for sale in an interesting shop. They were used to show perspective buyers a dress in a miniature size. They were called “French Puppets”.

A dog dressed up for Carnival.

A very loud party was going on behind our apartment in a lighted courtyard. If you look closely you will see a guy on stilts outside the door. He was checking invitations-so I wasn’t able to sneak in and get a look.

The gorgeous ceiling of the Academia Museum.

A statue being renovated in a museum. I’m glad they let us watch.

An old painting showing Carnival in times past. You can see a really elaborate boat for royalty and people dressed in costume. I love seeing things like this showing life as it once was.

Just an iconic look at another canal and bridge in a part of Venice not visited much.

Island of Color

A short distance from Venice via a vaporetto is the island of Burano known for its lace. We went there one day to have a look. It was extremely foggy and I was hoping the captain of the boat had radar because I sure couldn’t see a thing.

All of the building there are painted in bright colors. Either so a drunk man can find his home after too much drinking or a sailor can see his home from the water, I’m not sure which, but it was pretty with canals and bridges everywhere. There were places selling lace but I passed.

I liked this sign and the iron work above a restaurant.

A cute little blue place between two bigger neighbors,

Here you can see the leaning church tower through the fog. I would have gone up the tower if it had been a clear day or opened. The church was closed too.

We had lunch at a place called the Black Cat in Italian. We had a nice meal. I was taken with the plates made just for them.

This was in someone’s yard.

There were really long alleys between the buildings. This gives you another look at the color there.

Rialto Market

Next to the arched, famous Rialto bridge in Venice you will find a huge market operating every day. Some of it is in a covered building, some in shops, some in outdoor malls. It was great to walk around looking at the offerings. We bought some things too to cook at our apartment.

A look at part of the covered market where a lot of fish was for sale.

Artichoke bottoms ready to cook.

These little artichoke hearts were ready to cook too. I’ve seen recipes using them before but they are very labor intensive to get to this state. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them ready to go in Paris.

Octopus if you are interested. Too rubbery for me.

After the market, we stopped at a little place and had, what else, a spritz, while standing outside. Luckily, it was a beautiful day.