Shannon and Kim were very flexible with our schedule, accomodating everyone's needs. Since the forecast showed a day of rain, Sunday morning was a perfect museum day. I decided to opt out of the history and culture, as I have been to some Venice museums in the past. What I desperately needed was a SHOPPING DAY! It was my third day in Italy, and I hadn't been in a store other than for groceries!
After a lovely breakfast of fresh pastries, I set out with my little umbrella for a 3 hour walk! Since I am a laser shopper, it didn't take me long to buy several gifts, some goodies for our Bologna Group's "Welcome Bags", and sit out one particularly hard downpour in a caffe for another latte macchiato. I wandered through several neighborhoods, leaving Cannareggio, and crossing the Rialto Bridge into San Paolo. After crossing back over the Grand Canal I ended up somewhere behind San Marco. The Basilica and piazza are even beautiful in the rain!
My shopping needs were met, and I picked up a few treasures. My jeans were soaked to the knees, but I was quite pleased with myself and ready for a comfort food Sunday pranzo!
I was able to make it to meet the group near the Accademia Bridge for lunch at 1:00 at Taverna San Trovaso. I cleaned my plate of linguini carbonara and enjoyed several glasses of wine!
We returned to the apartment for a little nap, and the rain let up, promising sunny skies for the rest of the week. It must be time for one of Shannon's favorite wine bars!
How can I describe being in Venice with Shannon? She IS Venetian! She knows every nook, cranny, neighborhood, canal, bridge, piazza, and wine bar in town. She seems as "at home" as a local. I loved hearing her speak Italian, and make restaurant reservations. I love how she walks into places with the familiarity of an old friend. SO MUCH FUN.
Pizza for dinner was a great idea, as we had pasta for lunch. Mine was prosciutto and gorgonzola. YUM!
Ok, these were my shopping treasures from the morning walk:
How can you go wrong with black and gold? In the center is a matching rose ring.
Black and white goes with half my closet!
My favorite find were these glass beads in black and shades of butterscotch. Of course I had to get the matching silk shawl!