“Palazzi swept by on both sides, the drunken promiscuity of their styles competing for his attention.”
Donna Leon: Blood from a Stone
Indeed a perfect description of a ride on vaporetto No. 1 down the Grand Canal in Venice. Try to time your ride early or late to avoid the crowds and snag an outside seat….no matter what the weather…relax and enjoy the show.
Even the scaffolding on a renovation can give you a view of the palazzo on the other side of the canal.
Another view of the mosaic showing the windows and other decorations.
Early morning sun can intensify the colors.
Night time elegance.
Reflected glory while waiting for the vaporetto.
A bird casts a shadow on the Ca d’Oro.
And is it any wonder as to why it is called the Ca d’Oro (House of gold)?
Most are no longer private homes but have been turned into hotels and museums. As Johnny Depp probably discovered when he bought one (and later sold or is trying to sell it) upkeep on an aging palazzo isn’t cheap.
I hope you enjoyed your mini tour down (or up) the Grand Canal. Now to an update. As many of you know I have had a hiatus from chemo for the last three weeks due to my increasing chemo induced peripheral neuropathy. It has improved slightly but as several oncology nurses have told me “it takes time”. My friend told me this morning about another friend who had it and it took nearly a year to go away completely. I can live with a year of incremental improvement. Especially since I’m walking a bit better every day.
So this morning my doctor and I discussed the options and it was decided that instead of chemo I will have a new Pet scan to see the status of my cancer. That will either be next Wednesday or the following week. It’s a mobile unit that only is at the hospital on Wednesday. Okay, I know today is Wednesday but…I have to be fasting so even “if” they had an opening I would not have been ready. If the scan shows the cancer is totally in remission I will be referred for radiation and no more chemo. If it is still active we will proceed with more chemo.
All I can say at this time is Insha’Allah (as God wills).
PS. Diavolo is fine and doing well.