Posted by: jeanne | February 6, 2017

i love rain

as the forecast was for steady rain all of sunday and monday, of course the moon and stars came out last night.  it’s the first we’ve seen of the moon because of the palazzo across from us, so it was strange to find a light coming thru our bedroom window in the middle of the night.  that means perhaps we’ll be able to see the eclipse on friday.

but what it meant last night was that we took full advantage of the lack of rain early this morning.  we went out.  clothed in water boots and raincoats, with the backpack on jim’s back and his hood out and ready to cover his beret.

we decided to return to the acqua alta bookstore to buy the second installment of the author jim has been reading.  he noticed it there when he bought the first one, and i looked them up and found out they are open on sunday.  so after a quick breakfast, we took off.

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a bakery on the way to rialto has these wonderful cast-chocolate objects

first over the rialto bridge,

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and then thru the warrens until campo san lio, where i had to check to see if i was going in the right direction, while connor made an instant friend and was very resentful about having to move on.

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but then he met these belgian kids in campo santa maria formosa and played soccer with them while jim made the rounds of the wellheads for a few minutes.

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then we were at the bookstore.  connor said, i know this place, and rushed in to find the cats.  the owner was there this time, looking a little the worse for wear (he said he was getting better), and the cats were much calmer because of him, and let connor pet them.

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jim got his book, and we left, because the rain was coming.  connor was a little resentful that he couldn’t climb the book stairs again, but we needed to get home because of the rain.

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but it wasn’t there yet, so we decided to go the long way home.  i actually wanted to make it to strada nuova to visit the candy store where i can get my favorite mints (with fernet branca!), so we headed up to campo santi giovanni e paolo.

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cigarette labels are quite graphic here.  smoking damages your lungs – yes, that’s blood

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san michele, the cemetery island, looks like it’s very close, but it’s a boat ride away

jim decided he liked the look of the wellhead against the houses on the other end of the campo, across the canal.

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it’s a wide open space that would look very good as the backdrop for a large painting full of carnival figures.

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connor, the zombie.  people turned and stared

connor decided he needed to go play on the railings of the scuola once again, and somehow lost his gloves.

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he was very resentful about that for some blocks down the road.

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and then it started to sprinkle, as we got to campo santa maria nova, so instead of wandering toward strada nova, we took the turn that led us back to rialto.

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it hardly shows in the photo, but the canal cast a green light on the vault of the bridge

people had their umbrellas up by this time, and things were beginning to get slippery, so after two wrong alleys trying to get us to campiello remer, with the lovely external stairway and wellhead (and a taverna with both a lunch buffet and a happy hour!), jim decided enough was enough, and we crossed the bridge.

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this is where boats tie up to deliver to rialto market.  look at the damage to the steps

a brief stop at the coop store for milk, and we were home, just after 1.  and then the rain picked up, and we stayed in for the rest of the day.

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since it’s supposed to rain again tomorrow, even more, perhaps i’ll write something about daily life in venice.  i’ve been thinking about what’s different, and i’ve made a list.  top of the list – bathroom habits.  stay tuned (or tune out).

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