Eternal Venice
Italy is a 9-course meal and Venice is the dessert.

(Tuscany was the previous course.)

Looking from the Academia Bridge at the Grand Canal and La Salute Church

La Calcina--my room is above
"La"

I sat with the pigeons in St. Mark's Square and painted.

After returning our car to La Spezie, I took the train to Venice, where I found a room at La Calcina ("Ruskin's House"),
near the Academia, overlooking the Giudecca Canal. Nine days there on my own to photograph,paint, explore, and treasure.

Early morning sun gilds the church across the Giudecca canal, visible from my window.

 

The ancient mosaic in the left portal of San Marco pictures the facade.

The gondola repair workshop

I painted from this famous viewpoint,
looking across the Grand Canal to St. Georges from St. Marks.

 

Mary and Sally came for the last
few days in Venice, including Sunday,
when the Bucintoro race was held,
with all kinds of rowed boats starting
and finishing by Santa Maria
della Salute.

Il Bucintoro, an ancient boat race around the canals, took place May 17.

 

Watching the Bucintoro race from the Academia Bridge.

 

The Committee Boat presided over the free-for-all.

The Bucintoro in 18th century art--the Doge's boat the Bucentaur

Coca-Cola was one of the race sponsors.

Santa Maria della Salute, the race start and finish point.

I spent the last days visiting art galleries, strolling the streets photographing scenes I could later paint, window-shopping, eating at little outdoor restaurants, people-watching. I developed favorite routes, shops, restaurants, which made me feel that I lived there. I left Venice reluctantly, hoping to return.

A favorite canal view

A ceramic goose tempted me from a shop window, but I resisted.

Venetian glass shops enticed me--I bought many glass beads to make jewelry.

Another favorite canal.

This outdoor restaurant in the Campo S. Stephano was just across the Accademia.

Peggy Guggenheim's house & musem. She is buried there with her 14 dogs.

Sts. John and Paul

Sunset lured me each evening along the Grand Canal where I fed the pigeons.

Restaurants beside canals, e.g. by the Rialto Bridge, were great viewpoints.

Another quiet little canal.

Cruise ships look shockingly out of place in Venice, where there are no modern or even tall buildings.

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