Sleeping tonight in Santa Croce
Packing up today to return the car and ourselves for a last few days in Venice with our friends Shannon and Colleen. Finally the Baggalini tote comes out to pack up with purchases too fragile to check through; so now we have another piece of luggage. David has an interesting time fitting the bottle from Poli distillery in his suitcase.
We meander back, which means not taking the A4, and find ourselves on part of the Brenta Canal, actually the part we did not see from the boat trip. The trip across the bridge is rather slow, it is the Monday before a holiday tomorrow and it seems like a long weekend for many. It is painfully slow getting into the Piazzale Rome garage to return the car, our instructions are to return the car to the 10th floor and drop the keys, since the office is also closed today. There is hardly a parking space left up there and we are lucky to find almost the last one, not sure what we would have if it had been full.
Car returned, keys dropped, we pick up our 2 day vaporetto pass and walk the short distance to our B&B. Locanda Marinella was recommended by Shannon, and while it is probably not the choisest neighborhood, it is close to the train station we will need on Wednesday. And the street is quiet, we have a nice large room on the top floor with a view of gardens. Hard to tell how close we are to the hustle of Pz. Roma. No wifi in the bedrooms so less in touch than the rest of the trip, no matter,
So fun to walk to the Campo Santa Margarita and find Shannon waiting for us at a café; Colleen is off seeing museums, we will see her at their apartment later. And now we just have a wonderful afternoon of walking, bar-hopping, walking more. I am simply following Shannon through the calles she knows so well. A drink here, sure. A glass of wine at the Rialto market, fine. It’s a fun afternoon. Somewhere in the walking we stop and make a reservation at da Alberto for dinner.
From the Rialto Bridge
We end up our walking afternoon in San Marco, at the apartment that Shannon & Colleen are renting on the Campo san Angelo, with a wonderful view of the bell tower. They are also above a restaurant, the well known Aqua Pazze and have been having good times watching the scenarios below. We have wine, cheese, crackers and also watch the early dinner crowd.
More walking, back to da Alberto, someplace I had wanted to visit. Our reservation is latish, 8:45 and we are ready to eat. We order plates of vegetable appetizers, then 3 of us have the lasagna of the day, with shrimps, calamari and zucchini. David has a pesto pasta. More wine, more fun, and the night is young. Again, not sure where we stopped, but we are across the canal from the Rialto Market having a last round of wine and grappa. David and I hop on the #2 nightline straight back to Pz. Roma, it has been almost 12 hours since we dropped our bags. And it is raining lightly. Tomorrow afternoon is time enough for another round of fun in Venice.
Seafood Lasagne with shrimp, calamari and zucchini
One last grappa for the evening