Posted by: jeanne | February 4, 2017

more rain

it wasn’t raining when we started out.  i forced connor to wear his water boots and raincoat; jim was more tractable.  i was normally outfitted.  so when it started to sprinkle i was happy, and when it got heavier i was delighted, and when it set in i was gung ho.  connor didn’t get half wet, tho he refused to put his hood on, jim was his usual smiling, plodding self, and i went around and took 350 photos.

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we went back to dorsoduro again today; we haven’t finished exploring the eastern  half.  we saw pretty much all of the western half last time we came, but the rest of it was still a mystery.  now we only have parts of santa croce and far canareggio to go, and we’ll have seen most of all of venice, and know our way around like tourists who’ve spent a total of 5 months wandering around.  what an accomplishment that will be.

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the back of scuola san rocco, which we are going to have to go inside one day

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the cool thing about venice is that wandering down apparent dead ends is usually rewarded

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we speculate that someone found the steps too slippery, several months ago

today we decided that we really should go to the post office.  we have 3 postcards that might get home before we do, and a pair of leggings to mail to my sister.  we stuck them in the backpack this time, so they wouldn’t get any further damaged in my jacket pocket.  and we got to the post office near piazzale roma just in time for them to kick us out and tell us to come back on monday.  i asked if i would be able to find out how much the package would cost before paying for it, but the lady refused to listen to me, and kept repeating ‘a lunedi’ and body blocking us toward the door.  i think she was about to call security to get rid of us.  people really need their saturday afternoons off; i completely understand.

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connor, in a trying mood, hovered his foot over a rather large water-filled hole, but didn’t splash

so we walked back the way we had come, all the way to dorsoduro, which isn’t any kind of far.  the rain was picking up as we went. it being a saturday, the tourists were out in force, despite the rain, and the streets only cleared at lunchtime.  jim has noticed that many restaurants close for lunch; presumably the staff go home to have lunch.  he thinks it’s funny.

it rained, and continued to rain, and eventually we decided to return home, stopping only to buy three frittelle al crema from our friend michela, who makes a fuss over connor every single time.

dinner was leftovers; we do that every four or five days.  we’ll have hamburgers tomorrow, because jim wants to cook.  it’s supposed to rain in earnest on sunday and monday, so we’ll probably get a lot of painting done, and connor will drive us nuts all day long.  but that’s why we love him.  he’s working on sight words these days, and altho he seems never to recognize ‘the’, he’s got ‘i’ ‘like’ ‘my’ ‘i-pad’ down pat.

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because jim is fascinated with canal steps these days, i’ve been getting lots of them

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jim waited a lot for us at the heads of alleys, while we dashed down to the ends to see what was there

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the bakeries are always busy; we like this one, but reserve out money for michela’s bakery

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jim was fascinated by this begger woman doubled over on the street.  she left before the rain got too bad, but everybody was willing to give her money today

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this beautiful house and garden.  we took a whole roll of photos of it

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most of the steps on rio del carmini have tongues on one side and platforms on the other

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some of the bridges put you up at the level of the first floor; in this case the rooftops

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same to you, buster

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we kept crossing rio nuovo, built in 1933 as a shortcut for vaporetti, but abandoned as a vaporetto route immediately because of the cavitation damage

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another anti-pissing banked corner, looking very decorative in the rain

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i cursed under my breath at a german tourist who threatened jokingly to throw his kid in at this set of steps.  one slip and the kid would be in the water.  the rest of the family wasn’t amused either, but they looked like they were used to dad’s sick sense of humor

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we stumbled upon an open door, and found this wonderful hall.  this is how they looked back when merchants lived in palazzi.  the street entrance is behind jim.  connor is behind me

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this was at the other end of the portego – a large garden

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cool column made of bricks

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last time we were here, i was fascinated by windows, and painted over a dozen of them

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it’s not often you see mooring poles in bad condition, but on rio nuovo the water taxis are everywhere

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those crazy republicans, what will they destroy next?

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a great wellhead, but an even better wall behind it

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and then we stumbled on this fantastic pallazo behind walls we could just stick the camera over

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with space at a premium, you put your rooms wherever you can stick them

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when it rains, the areas under the bridges still reflect their surroundings

 

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