Sunday June 24, 2012
Warning - there are no pictures of people today, only places and things....
Sunday I walked the streets alone, then headed
over to San
Giorgio was open when I got there
before 8am. One priest and one assistant
were getting the church ready for mass. The
elevator didn’t open until 9:30, so I wandered the island to kill time. There were booths and signs for a cooking
contest the day before sponsored by San Pellegrino sparkling water. Sailors were setting sail.
I got back to the room,
and Robby had decided we were having lunch at the Hard Rock café. Something other than pizza was a nice
change. Before lunch, there were lots of
tourists in gondolas right outside the Hard Rock. After
lunch, it looked like siesta time –
still tourists, but no gondoliers. We went
back to the room for another siesta. I
went out and found the San Frari church, having a slightly easier time
this time than in 2005.
Relics in Frari Church
Canova's Monument in Frari Church
Titian's Tomb in Frari Church
I got the 16 euro menu – spaghetti with clams,
then cichiti – fried stuff
– meatball, potato and speck (very good), olives (good if you like
fish. Kathy got the 4 cheese pizza, Bob
and Karin both got funghi pizza.
We started to watch Italy vs UK in Eurocup soccer in the big square near our hotel with hundreds of local 20 somethings – after a while we gave up caring and went back to the room. At about 11 CJ and I went down to see the end of the game – we couldn’t see the score, but it looked like 0 – 0. Then the shootout started, and Italy won 4-2, sending Italy into the semifinals. The crowd was thrilled, but the celebration was short lived. I had assumed the crowd would party like there was no tomorrow, but they had been standing and drinking for 3 hours on a Sunday night, and the crowd dissipated fairly quickly.Venice seems even more touristy now than in 2005. Rick Steves says number of hotels rooms has doubled in recent years, and tour boats fill the town daily. Everywhere you looked people stared at maps – we felt like experts. Gondolas full of people gawking taking video looked pretty ridiculous – if you want good pictures, you can do that from a 7 euro boat ride instead of a 100 euro gondola. Perhaps the sadest thing I saw was a gondola with a young couple – she was taking video, while he was taking pictures, and neither of them were paying any attention to each other.
Sunday June 24, 2012