Almost a full week since I’ve been to Punto and I hadn’t even gotten a Panettone yet! Wow, I’d better get busy. So first order of business was to lay in some supplies and goodies for Christmas when unlike “that other place” the shops will be CLOSED. And also…even though I don’t take it to Punto, the vaporetto will not be stopping at my dock. And if the predicted Acqua Alta (high water) happens I’d be wading there if they were open…so errands done today. Yes, a nice little Panettone in a box with a carrying handle. I also got “real food”…cheese, meat, olives, things for salad, milk and I was almost out of tea. Done.
The plan was then to wait for the cleaning lady and then get out of her way. That way when I got back after a couple of hours everything would be done. (and it was…perfectly).
Karen suggested a Mercatino (sp?) on the Strada Nova so I called her when my lady arrived and then walked out to the vaporetto where I joined her on the No. 1 to Ca d’Oro.
As you will see from the pictures there are all kinds of things for sale…hats, socks, sweaters etc. And more than a few goodies.
There were also people selling soaps and essential oils and I mentioned that I needed hand cream. None of them seemed to have hand cream but since Lush was right there calling my name I went in and spent more than I had intended on something lovely called “Morbidissima Burro per le Cuticole” that is Italian for very soft cuticle butter. It’s lovely, smells of lemon. She also managed to sell me something called a massage bar that looks like soap but you rub it on your skin like massage oil. Also lemon. Quite, well, dare I say it? Lushious! Okay, I know that’s not how you spell it but under the circumstances it is appropriate. No, I don’t have pictures of Lush. The whole place smelled really good though.
We also found the perfect way for me to celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes…a traditional way to await the coming of Christmas…a Christmas eve meal with seven fishes. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about it:
I really don’t care for all of the fish involved but here we have the perfect ones for me.
And you may have guessed; everything, including the lemon to squeeze on that crab is MARZIPAN! Oh, I would be so sick from eating all that sugar. I was good and did not buy any marzipan fishes. I would eat real crab and real scallops.
And now one of my favorites: hairy on the outside and proscuitto on the inside!
You are correct: I am not a vegetarian.
By then we were looking for a little lunch. Nothing heavy and cicchetti would do just fine. We could eat as much as we liked. We found a little place near the corner of the Strada Nova and the calle to the San Marcuola vaporetto stop.
And here is that word of mine again…serendipity…we walked in to find that an old friend of hers was working there and very glad to see her.
Two little sandwiches each…just enough:
A little cappuccino
And proof that it’s a good place; gondoliers were eating here.
On the way to the vaporetto we passed a door with a sign I’d like to have for mine. If you need it translated please let me know. The picture really says it all if you know that “cane” is dog.
We could always send the lions after you…not your dog…poor thing doesn’t know any better.
When I got home I discovered that my upstairs neighbors had done some more decorating.
A lovely tree and Babbo Natale right above my door.