Several years ago when a friend of mine turned 65 (you know who you are) she celebrated all week. I have a year to go but I’m celebrating this one all month obviously.
Today was again Tanto Freddo. Very cold. But with my new hat and what I have come to call my “Seattle Snow Boots” I was prepared. Funny this time of year I don’t have to fight to get that front outside seat on the vaporetto. What I tend to get is looks of “who is that crazy woman”. Yes, it was “bracing” to say the least and I never believed that my knees could get that cold and next time I am going to invest in the silk glove liners.
The sun refused to make an appearance so pictures are mostly architectural details, Christmas decorations and a bit of whimsy.
Here is the first bit of whimsy…oh the indignity of it all…yes, it is the lion on the pillar near Piazza San Marco…
Can someone lend me a hand?
This one has seen more than on Acqua Alta by the looks of things
Yes, Silkie, I will get one.
No one in the courtyard today
Christmas trees and gondolas
I covet these shoes. Some of you know I have a “thing” for red shoes.
My first home in Venice…one of you will recognize that door….with the impossible keys.
Where Atilla used to hang out. Okay, explanation in order. Atilla is a cat who was an “official greeter” of this area. It was two doors down from the apartment in the previous picture. He has been mentioned in many trip reports and after being mentioned in mine in 2008 I would get pictures of him when friends (and a few people I didn’t know) went to Venice. The cats would go in and out of that window. It seemed to have been a Dingo shelter. If I can talk to someone at the Dingo event on Saturday I will try to find out what happened to Atilla and the cats who lived here. Here is his picture from when I last saw him in 2010. Snoozing in the sun.
My favorite doors of the day
And last evening, the most amazing dinner at Luna Sentada…I’ll post a note with their website so you can click through because you have to read his philosophy.
Karen told me that she had forgotten to mention that I was “a Guido Guest” when she made the reservation but she didn’t have to because he knew who I was when I walked in the door. Hmm, phone call from Padova??;-) I was treated like a combination of old family friend and visiting royalty. Ultimately I did look at the menu but didn’t have to because I knew I was going to order exactly what had been recommended (by the person in Padova).
And when I declined the Prosecco because I do not drink any alcohol, I was presented with this…
Special aperitif …just for Michelle…non-alcoholic.
As instructed by my former photography instructor Mike…we both think I did a good job with this.
Karen deciding what to order
Mike, ordering wine and demonstrating his agility with chopsticks…just back from China
Sorry Mike but I zoomed in for a close up because I’m pretty sure this is who Shell thinks looks like Colin Farrell.
My six surprises…yes, that is what it said on the menu…but then I’m pretty adventurous most of the time
I loved it all but my favorite! And I have never eaten a sardine before in my life. Sardines in sweet onions, raisins and pine nuts.
I did not get a picture of my main course which was salmon and vegetables in foil…I was enjoying the food so much that I simply forgot…but I did get one of the Tiramisu….a very different and very delicious Tiramisu
As I said in my email..