Sadly this will be my last post from Venezia for a while. The water taxi is booked to take me to the airport tomorrow morning.
It has truly been an amazing month in my favorite place in the world. I feel more “at home” here than anywhere on the planet and will do everything in my power to take up permanent residence.
I’m so glad to have been able to take all of you along for the ride. My wonderful and supportive internet friends from around the world.
There are certain people who need to be thanked by name as they really have gone out of their way to make this the best birthday ever.
Karen and Mike Henderson, you both have become wonderful friends. Thank you for your time, your caring, your humor and supporting me in my dreams. I was so glad to meet up with you again and deepen our budding friendship.
Guy, host and landlord extraordinaire and hopefully new friend! Your patience with some of my really stupid questions (I’m thinking of one regarding the faucet/tap in the kitchen), your caring, kindness, your playfulness and humor, your incredible suggestion for my birthday dinner. If I could give you a 10 star review I would. And yes, the answer to the question on the review form…would I recommend this apartment to a friend, a resounding yes, would I stay here again. I’ve already told you I want to live here. Grazie Mille! (I know you probably never really write it like that in Italian but I think you understand my enthusiasm).
Okay, enough words…here are some final pictures…some Christmas and just some things that interested me around San Marco earlier today:
Crescent moon over the “tree” in my campo
Rialto Bridge…like I need to tell any of you that
For the people who complain that there are no benches in Piazza San Marco…walk around the corner towards the San Marco vaporetto, past the vendor stalls and into the park and you’ll find…benches and more than a little peace and quiet.
If this doesn’t say Christmas, I don’t know what does:
Never too cold for an alfresco cappuccino
I tried to get him throwing the rope but he moves too fast.
On the bridge I cross everyday, sometimes several times in one day
So glad I got the picture of this house before they started setting up Luna Park
I had a wonderful lunch with Karen and Mike in a place near their apartment. They say this is the best pizza place in Venice
Lunch was followed by a great visit at their apartment. Here is their tree
As I have said, this has been an amazing journey. So much more than a vacation. I’ve had the opportunity to settle in and feel like I live here. I’ve discovered more than a few things about myself along the way.
And you are wondering about the visit to Joseph Brodsky yesterday. In preparing for this journey I read a New York Times article about Venice in winter. It referred to his book “Watermark” which I immediately found and read (devoured should be the word). It is an ode to Venice in Winter. The season Brodsky loved and would visit his beloved Venezia at no other time. I close with a quote from his book.
In winter you wake up in this city, especially on Sundays, to the chiming of its innumerable bells, as though behind your gauze curtains a gigantic china teaset were vibrating on a silver tray in the pearl-gray sky.You fling the window open and the room is instantly flooded with this outer, peal-laden haze, which is part damp oxygen, part coffee and prayers.