The Rest of Venice

There are lots of odds and ends about Venice that didn’t fit in with the broader travelogue narrative I’ve created.

Like, how on earth do I fit in a mention of the ‘Most Beautiful Bookstore in the World”? Especially because . . . well, it isn’t. It’s certainly the most touristy bookstore I’ve ever been to.

Processed with VSCOcam

They only sold used moldy Italian-language books, but the shelves were almost all constructed out of old boats and gondolas.

Processed with VSCOcam

And in the back was a stairway back up to the street made of stacks of encyclopedias. FOLLOW THE BOOK STEPS CLIMB!

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset

And . . . I’m not even sure what a person would do with a basked of plaster mini-masks. They aren’t even concave, so you can’t use them to do a Finger Puppet Phantom of the Opera.

Processed with VSCOcam

 

I also couldn’t think of a seamless way to bring up this:

Processed with VSCOcam

This is a bowl of pasta with a sauce made from squid ink. It turned Brian’s teeth black.

Processed with VSCOcam

It was one of our favorite meals from the trip, eaten outdoors on a plaza. Lots of seafood, nummm.

Processed with VSCOcam

Processed with VSCOcam

This is the plaza. There were lots of people selling roses on the plaza that day because it was St. Mark’s Day, which is a special thing in Venice since he is the patron saint of the city.

Processed with VSCOcam

It is customary to buy your sweetheart a rose on St. Mark’s Day. Apparently another custom of St. Mark’s Day is getting drunk and wearing a giant Venetian flag as a superhero cape, which I personally observed a number of times.

Also, we went on long walks through the city and kept wondering if they had water-ambulances for the canals. Turn a corner, and behold!

Processed with VSCOcam

 

There’s more . . . like the restaurant proudly declaring itself as the place to buy “Pizza Hot Dog Toast” (I assume they meant toasted sandwiches, like panini) or how we discovered a toy store with a whole slew of minifigs from the LEGO Movie and we snapped them up as presents for the boys. (They are hard to find in the U.S.A.)

Altogether a delightful if exhausting beginning to our trip. Little did we know that the next destination would be even more fun . . . onwards to Florence!

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s