Thursday was my dinner party with Karen and Mike. I’m so sorry there are no food pictures. You will have to take our words for it that it was indeed delicious. Yes, I cooked in my lovely kitchen. The menu consisted of Crema di Pomodoro, Insalata Mista and Spaghetti alla Carbonara. Karen brought an assortment of goodies from a bakery on the Lido and Mike brought the wine…for himself. I’ve mentioned before that neither Karen nor I drink.
Here is the table set for dinner and awaiting their arrival.
But I have to show you some pictures out my window earlier in the day…yes, it is another picture of the view from “my” bridge but it to me is the best yet
That was in the morning and then in the afternoon I took these out my window while I was preparing the dinner (I’m easily distracted by a beautiful view)
And would you believe this is only a five minute walk from my door. If you have been here of course you would.
This morning I noticed something I had not seen before on my walk to the Riva and realized that these closed doors have secluded courtyards beyond
I took the vaporetto to the Giardini stop and walked along the Riva to Via Garibaldi…these are some of the things I saw along the way.
Salt on the bridges to keep you from slipping
This is where I was…
In a moment that bird will dive
I love this house…lots of interesting architectural details
A dancing bull
And then I looked to my left and in an overgrown garden, what did I find….
Dingo cat houses! I tried to contact the residents but it was so cold they were probably curled up with their tails tucked over their noses.
Lots of space to hide and play and hunt in the grass, fenced and “dog free”.
You know me and laundry
A reminder to dog owners I think (remember my limited Italian) to “scoop the poop”
The sign was on the entrance to this park
Very nice balcony
Great grill work…notice flower box inside
In case you may have thought we were no longer in Venice…
No, not crossing the bridge….
Turning right to the…
Santa checking his naughty list…notice how thick that book is..
This is what a pharmacy (Farmacia) should look like…Rite Aid and Bartell’s have it wrong
This is where I first remember seeing the French couple although at the time I did not know they were French…blonde with man in cap…they will be important later
Santa welcomes you for…maybe vin brule…something hot on this cold day
Yes, more from the Door you know what…
And here at the vegetable boat I met the couple from Toulouse, France….he was taking a picture of her by the boat and I offered to take one of them together
And then he reciprocated and took one of me.
They went on and I turned and went back through the Giardini
I like this lion
A broad, tree lined avenue takes you back to the Riva
Surrounded by houses
Do you think she may have a cat carrier?
What is this?
It’s a flower shop
Back at Arsenale some of us were very concerned that this little one didn’t have a coat or seem to have an owner. I see lots of dogs here but have not seen a stray dog.
The tree lights are up in the corto near me but as of the time I walked through had not been lit.
It’s one of Yvonne’s favorite things…for dogs.
Can’t help but wonder what’s over the wall
When I got to my door at the foot of the bridge was a couple with a map, looking very confused and I thought I heard English. I asked if they were lost and they said yes. I asked where they wanted to go and they said Rialto. I was able to give them explicit directions back to the Riva and the Arsenale vaporetto stop…even without the help of Nona.
And here is what I got at the flower shop…it is indeed beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
As I was standing on the Via Garibaldi today listening to the noon bells from San Pietro I noticed something on my coat. The tiny, white chrysalis of a snow flake…loaded with promise. I find myself really looking forward to snow. In Seattle I would be dreading it…just getting out of the parking lot where I live is impossible in the snow and it means using valuable vacation time to stay home in the cold because the power would probably be out and do nothing. Luckily we only get about one big snow a year.
But here, where I don’t have to worry about driving….remember, Venice, no cars, it’s different. I’m really, really looking forward to it.
It is now 23:35…11:35 for those of you not on the 24 hour clock. It has been snowing lightly for several hours but doesn’t seem to be “sticking” as we say in Seattle or “no accumulation” as the weathermen say. But I’m going off to bed now and setting my alarm for the crack of dawn just in case. Mike Henderson said if it snowed and I wasn’t out taking pictures he would “kick my butt”. I’m not going to take any chances.