It snowed last night, so here are some pretty pictures of Venice on the first day of 2009:
L and I spent most of the day roaming the Piazza San Marco and its small streets. Piazza San Marco, said Napoleon, is Europe’s Best Drawing Room, and I think it still lives up to the compliment. Here is a picture of the piazza facing the Adriatic Sea, taken from the Basilica San Marco:
The Basilica itself is quite unlike anything else - so opulent, so Byzantine. Pictures weren’t allowed inside, but here’s a picture I was able to take from outside:
L and I had a late lunch by eating cichetti, Italy's version of tapas. We had assorted seafood:
and marinated anchovies (yum!):
L and I also wandered through the tiny streets to towards the Rialto Bridge. Here's a view of the Grand Canal from the bridge:
Dinner was again a seafood special. Here’s a picture of Al Vecchio Fritolin, a place that has been around since the 1700s:
My lobster and spinach salad:
L’s crab and mushroom crepe:
My crab roe and gray mullet spaghetti:
L’s fritto misti (a Venetian specialty):
Our pantone gelato:
The next morning was a rush to the Frari, before leaving for Florence. Here’s a picture of the building:
Again, no pictures inside, but Titian was the star here, and I will never forget Bellini’s Madonna and Child.
Florence, here we come.