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Venice trip is nearing its end

Tomorrow is my last day in Venice, and I'm not sure I'll post again until I get back to England. I'll be in Bath, and my hotel supposedly has internet, even if it's just for use when sitting in the front lobby.

I love Venice, and could totally see myself living here, if I had my animals and my books and good internet access. I love the human scale of it, although I might get tired of the crowds, and it might not seem so delightful in prolongued bad weather.

Anyway, my last few days have been busy. On Friday, I finally went to St Mark's basilica, and am glad I saved it till almost last, because it's sublime. I can only imagine the effect in natural light, and candles, as seen when it was first built. If you go, pay the extra money to go up on the "balcony," because it's totally worth it for the museum with the real horses and other things, for the close-up view of the dome, and the great views from the top.

cafe tables San Marco

The extra money for the altar screen is also completely worth it - not just for the gold and jewels (with bigger, better jewels for the more important people), but for the lines of saints in impeccably detailed cloissone, all with their sideways "I've got a secret" smiles. Quite honestly, I wouldn't bother with the treasure, unless you have a thing for reliquaries.

In the afternoon, I made one of my private, quixotic literary pilgrimages to San Servolo; those familiar with either Jeanette Winterson or Shelley's "Julian and Maddallo" (or both or the connections between them as in my case), will understand, and understand, too, why I took this photo of a rose.

Henri's rose, San Servolo

That night, there was a honking big thunder storm, almost all night long, which meant that I didn't get much sleep. It was still pouring with rain in the morning. Nevertheless, I decided to risk it and head off for Verona - another quixotic personal pilgrimage, searching for Zefferelli's Romeo and Juliet, which I did not fine, but enjoyed the trip in any case.
Verona is "fair," as Shakespeare describes it

Verona

I avoided all of the manifestations of "Juliet's Balcony" and "Juliet's Grave," but did enjoy the Castelvecchio, which afforded lovely views of the city. I think the pigeons followed me there.

pigeons on roof Italian pigeon

I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do in my last two days. It's very hot today, and I feel like taking it easy, so I think I may just loll about in my flat and eat gelato and watch the people in San Marco. I should probably go to Florian's cafe at least once, even paying the steep cover charge for a seat. And likewise tomorrow - I think I may just wander around, taking a few more photographs of charming views, and maybe go back to the basilica in the afternoon to see what it looks like in different light.

Ciao!

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gillo
Jun. 28th, 2009 10:27 am (UTC)
So weird. I've just been talking to F on the phone - she spent last night in the hostel in Verona with friends and had just been round the Castelvecchio. She spent Thursday night walking tipsily round Venice, watching the sun rise from the Arsenale. It's like getting virtual tourism in stereo!

See you next weekend! I'm getting excited about this conference.
wordweaverlynn
Jun. 28th, 2009 01:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. I am stricken with wanderlust. Wanderenvy? Something.

Somehow the Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas isn't the same as St. Mark's Square, the lions with their books, and the literary associations from Ursula K. Le Guin to Daphne Du Maurier, Sarah Caudwell to Thomas Mann, Henry James to Lord Byron. . . .

Have a lovely green drink at Florian's for me, if you have time.
lidocafe
Jun. 28th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
I adore cloissone and aspire to having more of it than the little antique bowl I own. It must have been beautiful to see so much of it at once. And your photo of Verona is charming! All in all, it sounds as if you're really enjoying Venice and its many charms.

I cannot think of Venice without thinking of Henry James, it seems. I keep imagining men and women in Edwardian garb carrying about their souls like glass ornaments packed in wood chips. Do you make that James connection?

Hope your journey back to Bath is easy and pleasant.
yawayboy1
Jun. 28th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks again for letting me share the trip, and beautiful photography! I have read every word and enjoyed it more than you will ever know! I look foward to more to come, again Thanks. I'm Pennyshire's Uncle,from North Carolina.
green_knight
Jun. 28th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you for documenting your trip - of course, now *I* want to visit Venice, but that was probably part of your intention ;-)
handyhunter
Jun. 29th, 2009 06:45 am (UTC)
Just wanted to say I've been enjoying your write-ups and pictures of your trip! Thanks for sharing. :)
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