Yes, another friend arrived in Venice on Saturday. My friend Max (aka Yosemite Sam) from my Italian class in Seattle is here for a week and we have lots of tentative plans. He rented an apartment about a kilometer from mine so we try to meet various places like Zattere where me met on Sunday morning and enjoyed breakfast at Bar Gino.
Max at breakfast.
Then we made our way back to Zattere to catch the vaporetto. I noticed the newly planted flower boxes along the way…or at least I hadn’t noticed them before.
We were joined by Marc and Iain at San Giorgio Maggiore. If you are interested you can find out more about this beautiful church on it’s own island here:
We started our time there with a trip up the elevator in the campanile (bell tower) which totally deserves (and will have) it’s own blog post. Here are some pictures of us and of this beautiful church.
Left to right: Iain, me and Marc
Me and Max
Okay, the church, or in the first picture the view back toward San Marco
Yes, this picture is the floor and not an M.C. Escher painting.
We stayed for the 11 am Mass that was sung in Gregorian chant. We were expecting it to be held in the main church but no, this was an ordinary Sunday and Mass was held in a small side chapel with four monks, the priest and two assistants (other priests) chanting and reciting the verses. Both in Italian with some in Latin which I remembered from growing up with it.
After Mass we took the vaporetto back to Palanca and went in search of lunch. I had though of La Palanca but they were closed so we went to Majer where I had gone with Karen my second day in Venice. The guys ordered a variety of cicchetti (Max’s choice looked surprisingly like bacon and eggs) and I had their version of a chicken Caesar salad.
I didn’t get a picture of the goat cheese smothered in vegetables. My salad (below) had warm chicken and sliced potatoes with a yogurt dressing. Not the usual Caesar salad.
All too soon it was time to hug Marc and Iain goodbye as they had to return to their hotel to pack and catch their flight back to London. Watch their blog http://www.Katzenworld.uk.co for their report on their visit to the Dingo Cat Sanctuary on the Lido. I’ve seen some of the great pictures.
Max and I headed to our apartments for a well deserved afternoon riposo (that’s a nap…or just a rest).