Last night, I shared a few nice hours, spritz, pizza, red wine and talk, with Pierre (Venice Daily Photo), and Isa. It was so nice to meet this fellow whom so many of us admire. They’re staying just across the canal and down the street, at a hostel that used to be an Armenian monastery. Hidden behind its nondescript door is the most amazing building, and a garden that goes forever.
This morning, the meandering took me to the Banchina di San Basilio (Dorsoduro), and then into San Polo.
Pete, those paintings of the Stations of the Cross in the Chiesa di San Polo are just as you described, really gutsy and gripping. (Mel Gibson stuff.)
I found my way into the back of the area where Johnnnnny has bought an old Palazzo. There were workmen, not busy, working on the place. It’ll be awhile before Johnny can move in.
Here are a few photos of things that grabbed my attention.
This is part of a meridiana painted onto the pavement near the University grounds on Banchina di San Basilio. (I know one of you blokes will supply the correct term for this upright bit, with a hole for the sun to shine through.)
Carefully plotted onto the pavement, to fit the month, is the meridiana. It shows the correct time, where the sun shines through that hole in the previous part, and shines onto the plotted lines. Ingenious!
It was my lucky day. I found not one, but two double-decker pistore!
Here's the other one. If you're not sure what these pistore are, send 5 euro in a plain brown envelope, and I'll tell you!
I can't help it. Every time I see one of these, all I can see is a caricature face.
A young fellow collapsed on the street near the Fish Market. Bystanders gave first aid, someone called the Emergency mob. They arrived with this equipment to move him from the street to their Ambulance boat on the nearest canal.