But before I get to that missed opportunity….
Yesterday after our Acqua Alta the sun came out in the afternoon and there were some lovely pictures of the canal and reflections right out my window.
Is this pigeon “mooning” me?
This morning I planned to visit Cafe Girani, a coffee roaster in the Campo Bandiera e Moro that I have often walked by but they were never open.
Thanks to this video from e-venise (it’s in French) I discovered their hours are Monday through Friday from 8 to 12.
http://www.e-venise.com/shopping/cafe-girani-plan-venise.html I went out about 10 am and found them closed.
A closeup of the sign in the window reveals that they are closed for the Christmas Holidays from December 21 to January 6.
They had lovely things related to coffee in their windows and I would loved to have gone in and offered them some of my Euros.
This little sign would look lovely in my kitchen.
My very loose translation:
Coffee should be hot like hell
Black like the devil
Pure like an angel
And sweet like love.
Yes, that would be great in my kitchen….but like I said, a missed opportunity. I have been here since November 29…too late in the day that day…then we had Saturday and Sunday but I could have gone on December 2. Ah, well, there is always next time.
I meandered back towards home and wandered down a few calles in my own neighborhood. My hardware store was open but I didn’t need anything from them today.
Interesting animals made their way to this manger.
This Babbo Natale hasn’t quite made it over the flowers and into the window yet. I hope the person waiting isn’t too impatient.
Karen and I had plans to meet on the vaporetto and go to Rialto Mercato where I got some fruit and vegetables and then we walked to a restaurant recommended by my Italian teacher. It was open but the menu in the window showed higher prices than we wanted to spend on lunch and probably more food than we wanted to eat. I will save it for a dinner out treat. We then went to a place she knew for sandwiches.
It had started to rain and since neither of us brought an umbrella it was nice to get out of the wet for a bit.
We placed our orders at the counter and found a table towards the back. It is a nice, cozy place and there are pictures of movie stars and other famous people who have eaten there in the past.
The rain had stopped and we decided to walk some more. A sunbeam had captured this child near the Frari.
Love the plants and brick courtyard.
This lady had placed her birdcage outside so they could get some air….with a suitable rain cover of course. They were singing like they really enjoyed it.
Really, I didn’t plan this shot. The hat was just there on the gondola. All I did was step back and make sure I got it in the frame. And luckily for me, unlike Katherine Hepburn, there was not a canal directly behind me. (See the movie Summertime….you’ll understand).
We decided it was time for tea and cappuccino and for some reason I just get shots of Karen’s back.
The temperature was mild and we enjoyed our beverages outside….under the canopy of course ….just in case.
We meandered to the San Stae vaporetto stop and caught the No. 1 towards home. As I got off at Arsenale the Alilaguna was just passing. This is like the boat I will be taking to the airport next Thursday:-(
And Salute with the interesting sky without the Alilaguna.