Posted by: jeanne | March 15, 2015

another sunday in venice

we’ve spent a few sundays in venice at this point.  we are here for a total of 12 sundays, and this is our 8th, or something like that.  on sundays, many of the shops aren’t open, but then again, many are.  we found a bakery, a general store with toys in the front window, and a bar, and the grocery store in the vicinity of via garibaldi, and on lido many shops were open, selling toys and clothes and jewelry and flowers and of course all the restaurants and ice cream stands were doing business.  but that’s lido.  mainly the specialty places are closed on sundays.  no vegetable stands, no butchers or fishmongers, no cheese and sausage purveyors.  but we’re used to that now, and just do an extra large shop on saturday.  or not.  no biggie.

today jim woke up with a very sore back, and wanted to go for a walk.  it was barely 9 in the morning, and we were out wandering.  first we traipsed thru sant’elena, looking at the retro-italianate architecture of our island built in the 1940s.


then we crossed the canal onto the island where the biennale and giardini are.  the biennale buildings take up about half of this island, the public gardens a good deal more,

IMG_6816 i just love this wall

and the rest are old houses and street.


the island past that is where via baribaldi and viale garibaldi are, and of course our soon-to-be place we’re staying next time.  so of course we had to wander past the place again.

since it was sunday, i thought i’d take some religious photos,


namely some of the shrines put up mostly in honor of mary,


but there were some jesus plaques,


and several others that

IMG_6844 the holy personage in his bath???

i wasn’t too sure about.


the one large shrine we ran across is very old – back to the 1600s,

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and our soon-to-be landlord told us that a french woman lives above the shrine and tends it,


tho older blog posts by other writers indicate that a venetian woman who lived nearby tended it.  anyway, it’s ancient, and a miracle worker by all repute, so i stopped by, crossed myself, admired the layout, and asked mary to let us come back really soon.


we passed several other shrines,


none as elaborate or as notable,


and then we came home and started in to our work.

on the way back from our walk we let connor stop at the playground in giardini, where he played with a boy he has played with several times before (and we would see him on lido as well, later in the day).

IMG_6852 a little unclear on the concept, our connor

IMG_6854 that’s better.  he went around to the kid’s position, and they switched.

we worked most of the midday, painting.  i worked on my dosoduro cafe painting, jim started a painting of connor messing with the pigeons in campo santa maria formosa.  but connor got tired of going out in the back yard, and playing inside, so around noon i took him outside to play on the swings, where there were a few kids, and he had a great time.

then i made connor take a nap, which he is increasingly reluctant to do, but if we’re going out in the afternoon, he needs to.  we planned to go to lido to catch the free show at the planetarium.  connor has never imagined such a thing, and we promised he could see lots of stars, and the moon, and etc.

but when we got there, ten minutes late, the park the planetarium is in was full of kids playing, but the doors to the building were closed.  we let him go on the playground with all the other kids,

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and stood around watching as several other adults walked up to the doors, tried them, made frustrated hand gestures, and walked off.  twenty minutes passed that way.

there was a birthday party in the park, and we heard lots of explosions that we only slowly understood were kids popping baloons.  eventually they strung up a pinata, and we raised our eyebrows at this, because isn’t it a mexican thing; what’s it doing in italy?  so i looked it up on my phone, and whoa – pinatas came from china by way of italy, and were for centuries part of the lenten celebrations all over europe.  only later did they go to mexico.  that we don’t have them as a regular part of american culture is because america started as a protestant country, rather than a catholic one.  so there.

connor found himself a balloon while we were in the park, and stowed it in his carriage, but only after a little toddler decided that he liked the carriage, and wanted to play with it.


connor noticed eventually, and got a little concerned about it,


but we assured him that it was still his carriage, and distracted him with the balloon.


when it was time to go we unwrapped a pastry we’d brought, and told him we were going to the store, and he came along peacefully enough – yay.  but when we passed the playground in front of our house, he started angling for more exercise.  so we put him in the bathtub with his balloon, and he had a great time making lots of mess with it.  it makes a great sound when it’s wet and you rub it.

it’s dinnertime now.  i made spaghetti my way, and we’re going to eat, then put connor to bed with his bedtime story, which he looks forward to all day.  jim’s back still hurts, so i’ll work on it later, before we read our bedtime story.

tomorrow it’s supposed to rain.  even the radar suggests this, but we’ve learned not to pay too much heed to the weather forecast, so we’re planning to go visit the art residency studio and the apartment where we would stay if we decide to go with a they-do-it residency.  because of the cost, however, we’re much more likely to go with a we-do-it residency next time.  but we’re going to go see it anyway, since we were accepted for it.



  1. Thank you for leaving the comment about the Ca’ Sarasina shrine on my blog. Happy to learn that a French woman is its caretaker (she does a wonderful job). I see you are on an extended stay in Venice – so lucky! All of my trips have been brief; I hope to be able to stay for a month or more someday. Cheers, Annie


    • it’s wonderful to read your blog. thanks for writing. it’s good to cover ground others have been over, and find out about things from their observations. i would like to look up the history of that street, as i believe it was a rather extensive convent at one time.


  2. I have a book about the shrines of Venice so I looked up the “holy personage in his bath” (LOL) – it said that it is Cristo Salvatore dei Naviganti. Christ, Saviour of the Sailors?


    • i seem to recall finding out that it wasn’t jesus in the bathtub, but i like the appellation so much that i still point it out to our guests when we go by. it gets such a laugh.


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