This morning we decide to take the vaporetto to the Rialto Market; the spring market is smaller than the summer one it seems to us, but since it is not a fish day, maybe it's just in our heads. There are lovely vegetables, like radicchio, white asparagus, small and large artichokes; the vendors are trimming them, and I see artichoke bottoms are also being sold. We buy a small carton of wild strawberries for a snack while we walk.
After the market we meander the streets vaguely in the direction of Ca'Rezzonico, which I realize puts me very close to the fictional home of one Guido Brunetti (too bad the book and maps are not with me). We stop for a coffee in Campo San Polo, and check our map. Right direction, almost time for lunch
We are going with a Shannon recommendation today, Al Mociengo da Guido e Luca, and it is not hard to find, in fact I walk past it and have to turn around. Not quite open, so we walk over to La Zucca, hoping to make a dinner reservation for later this week. Also not quite open, so we spend the next 15 minutes or so sitting on the steps near St. Stae, and then we go to lunch.
It's a quiet Monday in the ristorante, but we find a very pleasant room and a very pleasant gentleman to serve us. We decide to share a caprese salad (spring tomatoes are not summer tomatoes) and we each have a pasta as well. David has a carbonara, and I have a special of the day, swordfish ravioli with asparagus and cherry tomatoes. This tastes like spring. After lunch we do make a reservation for dinner on Thursday at La Zucca.
We take the vaporetto to Ca' Rezzonico and use our Venice Card for the museum there - a lot of centuries of Venetian paintings, some very dark periods, on 3 floors. And we walk through the garden, where more wisteria are in bloom.
David has apparently been wanting to visit the Lido for some time; on earlier visits in the summer it was always too crowded with beach goers. Today, the season has not started, and it is not yet raining, so we take the vaporetto to Lido and walk across the island to see the real ocean, as we joke. There are some bundled up folks walking on the beach but that is pretty the crowd today.
As we walk back the clouds are really getting dark, and while we had been discussing where to have dinner, we pass a Billa market on the Lido and I have an inspiration, which is to buy some groceries and make dinner at our apartment. Billa's deli has salads, olives and already prepared lasagne - perfetto. When we leave the store the skies open and I realize what a good idea this is going to be.
Back home, we fix dinner (after David makes a wine trip, can't run out of vino on a dark and rainy night), and then explore our appliances, the dishwasher and washer. Now we will have clean dishes and clean clothes. Go to bed with wet shirts draped in many places. Tomorrow is our Brenta Canal tour day, and I think it's going to rain on us.