Venice from on HighThursday, May 12, 2011
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Could it be any more beautiful in Venice? We start the day with breakfast in the garden of Hotel Flora (where the staff, each one, are delightfully friendly and helpful)
As we get to know "our" neighborhood a little better, connecting the dots between the hotel, nearby bridges, vaporetto (water bus) stops, and major sights, we pass the trumpeting angel atop Santa Maria del Giglio
then stop atop the Accademia bridge to take in a Canaletto veduta (view).
All aboard the vaporetto - next stop, San Giorgio Maggiore, a Palladio-designed church on its own little island across from Piazza San Marco.
Up, up, up the belltower for a fantastic panorama of Venice. The best way to see the "big picture" of a place is from on high, and we gaze over the water from each side of the tower, savoring the views.
Oh my - we happen to be here at noon, and those dozen gongs are LOUD.... and unexpectedly followed by - Kirk counts them - NINETY-SIX more from the biggest bell! Listen, if you dare, and enjoy the view.
A few more Visions of Venice,
and we hop the bus over to Zattere, the broad path running along the Giudeca Canal on the edge of the Dorsoduro sestiere (district)
La Piscina serves us a fabulous lunch on their terrace hovering over the canal
and we all choose seaside flavors - a plateful of lagoon creatures
and silky smooth scallops topped with fresh tomatoes were a couple of photo-worthy standouts.
The view atop the Accademia bridge calls out for a photo again
as does a picturesque canal.
Our first concert of the tour is in the awe- inspiring Frari church
with a glorious Titian Assumption that grabs the eye right from the entry.
The voices of the Flemish Radio Chorus, accompanied by instrumentalists from the Brussels Philharmonic, soar to the vaulted arches above, the echoes lingering even after the voices stop - heavenly!
As we walk home, a softly lit courtyard catches our attention... Candice sees that this was Goldoni's home. A much-loved Venetian playwright, his "insider" Venetian wit is still enjoyed today.