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Sunday, July 29, 2007

The city is a maze #41

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Finding the ghetto wasn't all that hard. Finding our way back to the hotel? That was almost impossible. I don't know why, but we got so lost. Venice is a maze. Because there are no real 'streets' per se, you think you're going the right way, and all of a sudden the streets disappear off the map. The map. Oy, the map! I have never seen worse maps than those of Venice. We bought one. It sucked. We bought another one. It sucked too. But eventually we found our way back. That gelato really did help!

The other reason we loved our hotel (OK, I loved the hotel...Dawn didn't care about this at all) was that it was directly across the street from a huge modern kitchen store. Sort of like Sur Le Table, only modern and Italian.

Some people buy touristy mementos of their trips. Me, I buy kitchen supplies. They had the most gorgeous stainless utensils and I just had to have them. And an Alessi tea kettle. I had to have that, too. So I shopped there and found the exact things I wanted. To this day I use them all the time, and they're the best utensils I own. By far!

The next day we explored San Marco and the Campanile. I'm not big on churches, but Dawn is Italian and Catholic, so we did the church thing. She had to endure the Ghetto, it was only fair. I also HATE pigeons. HATE THEM. Freaking flying rats. They make my skin crawl just to think of them. San Marco is the flying rat capital of the world. Shiver me timbers, I hate those damn birds.

One of the things I really wanted to do is to go to one of the outer islands of Venice called Torcello. This is SO lame, but the reason I wanted to go is that it was part of an As the World Turns feature with Julianne Moore as Frannie. I know, it's insane, but I just really wanted to see it in real life because it was so beautiful on the show.

We took a boat over. Most of the people got off at the glass blowing factories, but I'd been there before and honestly, most of what the tourists see is such crap. I didn't want to waste my time on Murano when I could see Torcello. And boy, was I right.

Torcello is the most beautiful place I think I've ever been. It's like a miniature Venice, with a medieval church, small canals filled with colorful homes, and such a quiet atmosphere. So unlike Venice, which bursts forth each morning with gossip and talking and the joyous people walking to work. It's very loud. But Torcello is quiet and peaceful and so very beautiful. Plus, they have women making italian lace sitting in front of the houses. It's so interesting to watch!


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Blogger JaniceNW said...

Wow. Looks amazing. I have to disagree about the glass though. I love glasswork. We have Dale(eye patch like a pirate) I let my assistants do all the hard work of the actual glass making Chihuly here in the area. He's done some amazing projects around the world. In Mariners Stadium there is this incredible chandeliers made up of thousands of glass(kind of a fristed white)bats. Baseball bats not flying rat bats. It is beautiful.

29/7/07 4:15 AM  
Blogger rebekkah_srl said...

Wow. Just Wow. Really

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29/7/07 4:17 AM  
Blogger JaniceNW said...

It's 2:46am my time and I'm fading fast. Hope I helped some by being here. Love ya!

Gonna get some sleep so I can tackle chem studying for my test Monday.

29/7/07 4:47 AM  

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