What says Spring more that the leaves budding out on the trees. Today’s adventure is a trip to the Giardini, gardens in eastern Castello. One of my favorite areas.
But first a reflection I caught through the window of the vaporetto on the way there.
Ah, another beautiful day in the quiet of morning…really it’s nearly 11 am.
Time to sit on a bench and read il giornale…the newspaper, I think he was reading Il Gazzattino di Venezia.
One of my favorite places is this historic greenhouse and nursery where you can buy plants and they have a cafe….Cafe La Serra. Just in time for a cappuccino break and a piece of their torta di mele (like apple pie but with a thicker crust)
Sadly neither Max nor I play piano.
You can catch up with your favorite gardening magazine. On the way out I noticed they had their special mix for cioccolata calda (hot chocolate if you remember) and I bought a few packets and he told me about their “flower food”…all kinds of teas, and pasta made from flowers. They also have selections of seasonings and a lovely gift pack of edible flowers. All grown organically and locally. I got myself some tea. May go back and get more.
Turtles enjoying the sun in the pond at the foot of the Garibaldi monument.
Fruttivendolo…that is what he is called. He’s your greengrocer selling fruit, vegetables and even herb plants from his boat on a canal in the Via Garibaldi. I think if I lived in the area I would have no trouble buying my fruit and veggies from him. I did buy “due mele per favore” that’s two apples please. I would have bought more but I’m leaving Saturday …sniff, sniff.
And we turn around and it’s time for lunch so we decide to sit in the sun. Max had the gnocchi special with the beer and I ordered from their menu a selection of cicchetti…little bites that you order by the piece, my favorite baccala, an arancini filled with cheese rather than marinara and a tonno (tuna) with cipolla (onion) with a bottle of water. Yummy.
Not a tourist in sight at this end of the calle.
Just Venetians going about their day.
Walking back to the vaporetto we pass my favorite laundry calle.
What better way to end this day tour than with the flag of Venice flapping in the breeze.