Friday, December 2, 2011
Venice is made to get lost in. If you're determined not to, and you study the map, the first thing you'll notice is that the city is in the shape of a fish with the Grand Canal bisecting it in a big lazy curve. The Castello is the tail of the fish, on the eastern side of the city. It's much quieter than the touristy areas, and the streets are wider, lined with local shops and with laundry hanging overhead. We discovered this cute park that led to the Canal of San Marco. And, after walking all morning, I was very happy to find a bench to sit on to eat my picnic lunch, and to sketch.
On thing that impressed us in Venice was the amount of flowers everywhere. So many buildings had window boxes bursting with carnations. Venetians seemed to make use of every corner to add color and beauty.