This time last week we sloped off for a four day break to Venice... no embroidery, no deadlines, just art, culture, lots of walking and good food... so much good food!
It was beautiful!
We had a small apartment near the Rialto Bridge and the sun shone the whole time we were there.
We walked miles along canals, mostly trying to avoid the really touristy spots which were heaving with people!
Although we did go briefly to St. Mark's Square to visit the Doge's Palace
Did I say it was beautiful?
We took the Vaporetto out to the islands to see the glass on Murano...
And the glorious coloured houses on Burano.
We saw lots of art... some very old and some more modern... this is me outside the Guggenheim! It was also the Venice Biennale while we were there and although we didn't pay to go to into the pavillions there was contemporary art scattered in various gardens and galleries around the city.
On a whim we decided to go and have Bellinis at the famous Harry's Bar... let's just say we've done it once and are not likely to do it again!
It was small, somewhat lacking in atmosphere and the cocktails were about three times the price they should have been... although they were very good! And although I have many lovely American friends, I hate to say the bar was frequented by several very loud and brash American tourists, including the chap who announced they had just been to Rome and it was pretty much like New York really, except about 2000 years ago! I almost spat out my bellini, except at that price I wasn't going to waste it!
As we have a masked Venetian ball to attend at the end of this month we treated ourselves to a couple of masks from one of the lovely mask shops, where we saw them being made... yes, that scary man is my husband!
A lovely, relaxing four days...
I came back to three solid days on the sewing machine but finished the work which we took into London to the gallery today... more about that later this week. I've had a lovely day out with my Mum yesterday and another day in London to look forward to tomorrow... so lots of blog post material coming up... just no time to write it!