This was my 3rd trip to Venice and I love it even more now. On the flight back to New York City I cried. I didn't want to leave.
|Taken after dinner along the Fondamenta Zattere|
It's hard to describe Venice because the city itself, is an emotion. Or should I say emotions. Every step you take, every bridge and canal you cross, every shoulder-width alleyway you explore, feels like living, breathing history. It must be seen to be truly understood. For example: close to my apartment was the famous wooden Accademia Bridge, spanning the Grand Canal. Just walking over it and gazing to my right was this iconic view!
|Taken just with my iPhone.|
I'm crying right now just looking at it. Venice is breathtaking. And also maddening. It's crowded with tourists like me, walking around awestruck with our mouths hanging open or who are stopping foot traffic to take a photo. But I forgive them and myself, for all this beauty makes me feel very humble and full of gratitude.
|Dark alleyway near taverns around the fish market.|
|There's also a bit of humor found all over the city. This statue is fitted with its own umbrella.|
|Shared water taxi.|
|Outside of our apartment building - we had the top two floors|
HOTEL NOTE: If renting an apartment isn't your style, there are still some fantastic hotels in this charming neighborhood, like the Hotel Galleria and many others.
|Enjoying wine and appetizers on the terrace before heading out to dinner.|
|The same view moments later.|
|Clean, minimalist lines.|
|View outside the living room window.|
|One of three bedrooms.|
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It seems that Venice is crowded during all seasons now.
|Love this pic in Piazza San Marco with a lamppost but look at all the people.|
|Campanile di San Marco (The Bell Tower)|
Here's another great day trip to the Dolomites plus you get to "skip the lines" again! And trust me, being able to skip the lines at St Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace is awesome.
|The Angel of the City by Marino Marini - bronze 1948|
or just to walk through her palazzo, (which is a work of art in its own right),
|One of several stunning Alexander Calder mobiles.|
or to sit out on her terrace along side the Grand Canal or in her beautiful gardens.
On a previous trip I had discovered that Peggy made a deal with the city of Venice. No one is allowed to be buried on the island for health reasons, so the island of San Michelle is the burial place for all for about ten years and then they remove your bones to another location. Space is tight. But Peggy said something like, "I'll give the city my museum and its artwork if you let me be buried in my garden with my beloved dogs." And it was a done deal, and now I'm sitting on Peggy Guggenheim!
|Sad imitation of Katharine Hepburn|
|Katherine Hepburn in Summertime and pic of Church of San Barnaba|
And often on this trip, Bud and I threw away guide books, apps and even friend's suggestions and picked restaurants when the spirit moved us. It proved to be a great technique. There was never a bad meal and many were quite exceptional, like this one in Campo San Baranaba...Osteria Enoteca - Oniga.
Very cozy inside with beautiful terrace too, Oniga was a great surprise. We met a couple sitting next to us from Boston and we tried to keep from laughing. Both were very attractive and as we're chatting away, their mouths became blacker and blacker as they ate their spaghetti with black squid ink. Totally black lips, tongues, teeth. They looked ready for Halloween! For appetizers we ordered homemade burrata with tomatoes and pesto and bacala (a salt cod spread) with polenta.
|Homemade burrata with pesto|
|Fresh bacala with polenta ( a very white dish fit for Dear Henry. He would only eat white food.)|
And for entrées I had Monkfish Mediterranean style with kalamata olives, tomatoes, (I think some potatoes were in there too) with a balsamic reduction while Bud had a very thinly sliced veal with an incredible cream sauce with giant capers.
|Monkfish Mediterranean style.|
|Veal in cream sauce with giant capers.|