Marco Polo Returns!

Lou and I got back earlier this week from our short break in Venice.

We stayed at a magnificent, but aging, palazzo called Ca’ Zanardi. It had elegant plastered ceilings and our bedroom had rich fabric on the walls rather than paper. (you can find it here ) But what it doesn’t show is that the plumbing is unserviceable and it lacks the mod. cons. we take for granted in hotels these days. It was more like being a guest at a friends house where one is too polite to draw the host’s attention to the shortcomings. Its a great place to experience for a few days but not a ten day holiday.

We did the usual tourist round; Rialto Bridge, coffee in St Mark’s Square, the Doges’ Palace and Museo Correr. It was Lou’s first trip so they had to be done. After that I dragged her round some churches where we had fun trying to guess which of the saints it was that were either side of the inevitable Madonna and Child. With the help of our book we became quite good at it! With a Titian or a Tintorreto in virtually every church it was a rich experience. One doesn’t go to Venice for the food but we did have one good evening meal in the Calle dei Oca and a bad one in the Campo S. Maria Nova. Temperatures were in the high teens Centigrade which is well above average for this time of year. The sky was clear and the low winter sun lit up the city with a warm, side on glow.

Attached are a few pictures to give you a flavour. That’s me outside La Fenice. We didn’t go to the opera because there wasn’t one at the time we went but we did go to La Traviata at the ENO the day after we got back.

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