By the Grand Canal in Venice

There is no place we have visited more in the world than Venice. We’ve been here six times now.

A few years ago, we hired a Palazzo for the whole family for the week. This Palazzo had provided five doges and was full of history. You know the type of thing:- paintings on the ceilings; marketery on every door; and mosaics on the floor.

It was inconceivable that this could be improved upon and yet……This time, Lorna found a merchant’s house directly on the Grand Canal (see pictures) with both garden and terrace both with Grand Canal views. We paid the same price for this 3 bedroom apartment that we paid for a tiny hotel room 15 years ago.

Views from our bedroom window and terrace:-



Garden and terrace:-


We were again joined by my parents who escaped a looting-strewn London. How they got that wide-screen TV in carry-on luggage, one will never know. We arrived from Kiev at the same time as they did.

Tilly and Nancy woke up late, so we forewent the Disney-crowd pleasures of St Mark’s Square, preferring to visit some of the outlying islands in the lagoon. We went to see the glass blowing of Murano, where Tilly negotiated a horse that had just been demonstrated to her (down from €20 to €10).

Lorna and I had been to Burano before, but it must have been in a different season and tide level. Each house is painted a different colour from their neighbour, and it produces a fantastic sight. We played a game of Venice cricket. 1 run for a crucifix; 2 for a church; 3 for a nun; 4 for a monk; and 6 for the pope. A wicket was taken for each cat or dog that the other side saw. This must have been a treacherous pitch (with enormous boundaries) for Lorna and Tilly were all out for 20. Nancy and I picked off the 21 needed with ease. One point of (even) more minor interest is that we have concluded that very few people wear crucifixes these days.


We then went to Torcello. This island rivalled Venice in the 14th Century, housing some 50,000 people. It is now home to only 20, with most of its former glorious buildings having been used for buildings in Venice. What there is left now appears for sale, and it is now mainly countryside

Historically, we’ve found food in Venice to be very poor. With so few people living here now (they’ve moved to Mestre), there’s little incentive to build up a reputation for good food. We’ve therefore elected to cook for ourselves (and enjoy the view of the passing traffic). After (quite) a few drinks, my father toasts “Salute” to all the passing gondolas, taxis, trade boats and vaporetti.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Sarah on August 10, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Loving the praise for Lorna – looks like she’s done a fab job again.


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