Venice, at last

Hi all,
As much as I do like Sicily, and this trip certainly strained that feeling with the relentless bad weather, Venice is still” the Prize” for me.
My flight from Rome was fine, I landed at the new Marco Polo airport and found my way to the public water taxi into Venice. My stop was the last one, and for a few minutes, I was in my own private boat. Wonderful.
I pulled my suitcase to the hotel along the Zattere, a long walking street that follows the Giudecca canal. My room faces both the side canal and has a view of the Giudecca. I unpacked for the first time in 2 weeks and arranged my things around the room. I then set out to explore the Dorsoduro quarter and find some lunch.Every time one goes around a corner here, there is another amazing site on a canal, a campo or the facade of a palace. This place just thrills me. Yes, there are plenty of tourists, even in the farthest corners of the hood, but there are more locals, esp.  university students celebrating each others graduations by pulling pranks on each other in public spaces. People gather to watch and it is just fun to be a part of it all. I met a woman who is a ceramic artist, making her pieces in her studio on the Campo Santa Margherita. It brought back memories of my far off youth, but she is much better than I ever was. She had some amazing red glaze made of selenium, which I thought was really bad to be around….
I also picked up some glue and started what I hope will be a daily collage of my time here. It is fun to have a goal each day, in addition to just seeing what I can see. tomorrow I begin my two days of lots of vaporetto rides and expect to cover a great deal of territory.

Published in: on March 7, 2008 at 6:26 am  Leave a Comment  

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