Posted by: jeanne | February 1, 2017

old fossils

well, me and grandpa especially.  today was rainy (it doesn’t rain in venice), so we went to the natural history museum with connor.  it was a great choice.  the museum is in an old palazzo, and the staging of all the artifacts is so artistic that we marveled over the lighting and the composition of each of the cases.  and connor was never bored, but did want to race on to the next room the moment he got into the room before.

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but first we went to rialto market to buy some fish and vegetables for tonight’s dinner.  this time i got a fish the name of which i’ve already forgotten, while connor went racing up to the bridge next to the fish market, and some guy on the phone came up to jim and took time from his conversation to warn him about the chance of connor falling into the canal.  we assured  him that we’re always telling him to keep off the white stones that line all the water bodies here.  he was happy to hear it.

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italian shops are so well put together, so space-economical, so perfetto

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little hard sausages shaped like piglets.  made me want to buy one; maybe i will

it wasn’t raining all that much, more like a mist, but we had on our water boots and raincoats anyway.  the journey to the museum followed the alternative path to rialto, then deviated to the campo of madonna del orio, and at that point we got a little lost (but found some cool old houses to photograph).  we knew we were there when we heard kids.  the place is like a schoolyard.

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you have to go to the top floor to start the exhibit, and you get to go from room to room advancing in time, all the way from the dinosaurs to humans (not contemporary, for those creationists who deign to read my work).

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the lighting in this museum is exquisite

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then it was into the anthropological collection, artifacts from africa mostly.  lots of spears, lots of musical instruments, displayed side by side.

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wonder what all those spiky edges do?

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and then it was the trophy room, which reminded me of my uncle harry, who had one in his house, full of beautiful animals he shot himself.  it was quite depressing.

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after that, the curiosity room, where strange animals (obvious fakes and not-so obvious, and perhaps actual freaks of nature) were on display, beautifully arranged.

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the exhibit cases themselves are like art boxes

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dude has three legs???

after that it was the specimen room, which was the front of the palazzo, where a row of beautiful old windows completely ruined any shots i might have wanted to take of the various animals, vegetables, and minerals displayed in the cases.

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from there we visited a room that compared how various animals moved, from slitherers to jumpers to walkers to fliers.

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reminds me of an ex

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and then to an underwater-like room where all sorts of swimming things were displayed, mostly scary ones, like this one case that had its lights off until you pressed a button, revealing the most hideous underwater creatures ever seen.  gives me nightmares.

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and just as we were worn out, and i was hungry, the exhibits came to and end and we got to go down a staircase to the front of the house, where there’s a very long boat on display to passing vaporettos, but unaccessible to us.  so i got shots from the windows.

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we exited thru the giftshop (is that how it is in every museum now?), and went outside to see a beautiful old pozzo, a great bronze fountain, and some very old palms.  the staff had to confer between themselves in order to answer our question about the age of the wellhead, and said somewhere between the 10th and 14th centuries.  thanks a bunch.  it’s old.  and perhaps the most magnificent wellhead we’ve seen.

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then it was a simple walk home, stumbling onto our original path in the end.  i was hungry, so i kept eyeing the prices on the osterias and trattorias, but knowing we were only around the corner (hah), kept going.

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we have a t-shirt idea called ‘no selfie’.  this bridge is perfect

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even the casual street scrawlers are artists here

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when we got home it was ham and cheese sandwiches, and then as i was starting on this post, the gas technician came over!  at last!

he fiddled and fussed, and let me know that it wasn’t me, but the boiler that was on the blink, and would need fixing.  he detached hoses and blew into them, he stuffed tools into the gas jets and scored them out.  he opened the window and looked carefully at the vent.  he ran the water in the bathtub and tested it with his hand.  for a moment we had plenty of hot water in the bath, but then he took his screwdriver out of wherever he’d jammed it, and the water temperature went back to normal, i mean not normal.  he didn’t speak any english, and my italian is only sufficient for me to tell him that the problem was with the hot water in the bath, but not to understand the rapid-fire explanation he laid on me just before he left.  fortunately he was on the phone several times with our rental agent, and i’ve sent her an email asking for a paraphrase, and when we can expect him back to actually fix it.

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guts of a water boiler

we went out for fritelle after that;  the rain is a fine mist, and it was just getting dark.  we took the camera so we could get a picture of the woman in the bakery, who gives connor a big huge hug every time she sees him, but she wasn’t there today;  she had chillblains in her hands and took a couple of days off.  connor has made her a picture, so he’s anxious to give it to her, and was barely civil to the guy who’s taking her place.

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the water in the bath is some improved, enough for jim to jump in and scrub himself off.  but connor wanted to play on his kindle, so passed up the opportunity to have a bath, and now that his time on the video is over, he’s in his room throwing the worst fit i’ve experienced in ages.  he must be tired.

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may not look like much, but they’re like cream-filled beignets

i’m fixing to fix the fish we got at the market today, and then we’ll be done for this very up-and-down day, and ready for something completely different tomorrow, like more rain.

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  1. I so enjoy following your adventures my dear!!!!

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  2. Excellent! I’ll put it at the top of my To Do List

    On 1 February 2017 at 20:38, an irish travel guide wrote:

    > jeanne posted: “well, me and grandpa especially. today was rainy (it > doesn’t rain in venice), so we went to the natural history museum with > connor. it was a great choice. the museum is in an old palazzo, and the > staging of all the artifacts is so artistic that we marv” >

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