Posted by: jeanne | January 30, 2017

well day

i was going to put up a bunch of photos of wells, but a joke can only run so far.

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the closest we’re going to get to this one is thru the front door window

today i felt much better.  jim wanted to go up to the acqua alta book store to get a new book, because he finished the last one we brought with us last night.  so off we went, over the rialto bridge and back to campo santa maria formosa.

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what a ham

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past that is the bookstore, and it’s truly the most unique book store in the world – the bookshelves are boats.  there’s a gondola in the middle of the store, and there are bathtubs and smaller boats also, all filled with books.  mostly old books, tho up near the front there’s an array of new books, including some in english about venice.  this is where jim browsed.  connor talked to the clerk and tried to pet several cats, who were having none of it.  then i showed him the staircase of old books that goes out the back and gives a good view onto the canal behind the store.  he went up it last time, but of course didn’t remember it.

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then we went back to the campo and looked at the church – santa maria formosa.  we have a chorus pass for the church there, but we ducked in the wrong door and jim was unimpressed with the art, so we didn’t go.

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we swung by the querini stampalia foundation, but they’re closed on mondays.  they offer kid care for a couple of hours for only 5 euro, and we plan to drop connor there for some socialization one of these days.

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camera envy. a bunch of photographers came by and were jealous

the day was sunny but very hazy, and as it got warmer the haze got thicker, which made for some very atmospheric photos.  the humidity made it a curious mixture of warm enough to open our jackets while cold enough to chill our hands.  connor had his jacket off for most of it, and several people stopped him to ask where his jacket was.

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a government office of some kind that used to be a convent had its door open, so we walked in for looks at a couple of well heads and a nice courtyard that jim will probably want to paint.

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and then we decided to go home via the accademia bridge, but my map app showed us close to rialto so we tried for that instead, and got turned around,  or maybe took a different route intentionally, and ended up at san marco.  more atmospheric shots.

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jim thought it was funny that we were walking along and glancing down random alleys, and suddenly there was the splendor of san marco peaking out at us.  so we went there, and connor got to run around, and play on the same lions he got on last time, while jim walked into a glass shop, and i had the unfortunate decision of tracking jim or following connor into a different part of the area and losing jim.

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but it all worked out, and the lady in the glass shop was tickled when we came for grandpa.

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we made it to the pigment guy’s shop, where we spent lots of time and money last time, and past that to a gallery that we like.

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they aren’t open, but i got their contact information.  our work is not suitable to that gallery, but we like some of the artists that show there, and the one opening we attended last time was arranged by this gallery.

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and then it was up and over accademia bridge, and a slow walk back to the house.

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we were hungry; i kept looking at the menus as we passed all the restaurants, and kept going once i’d seen the prices.  we just can’t afford to eat out in venice.

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it was a four hour tour today, and we were so tired that after an omelet, we took a nice long nap, and then went out to do a little shopping and get some fritelle.  connor’s special friend wasn’t there today, so the picture he drew her had to come back home with us, but she’ll probably be there tomorrow.

 

 

 

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the palazzo opposite had its lights on this evening – wow

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jim wants to use this as a background when we get home; we’d take it with us but it’s 50 euro

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