But some of our most memorable views of Venice we found coming around a corner, crossing a little bridge, or entering an old piazza. So before we leave Italy altogether, I welcome the chance to shift focus: let’s step in and look at some details.
First, a couple of small elements from Spinea, the place we stayed a short distance from Venice:
El Guapo’s artistic soul called for the transporting of this leaning-tower penholder from the phone stand to a cozy spot among the chives. Apparently* it’s not just foreign tourists that buy souvenirs of this famous landmark in Pisa.
The apartment had a little stash of games, among which we found this venerable old-timer:
It’s been a while, but Ninja used to be a mad Battleship player (and his grandpa a very patient partner). And it’s been a while since this particular game left the factory–I’d guess more than 60 years.
Now for Venice proper. I read somewhere that there are more than 600 old wells in the city, none of which are now used.
Stonework details like the gentleman below are a big draw for me. If he could only talk….
This lovely lady is a door handle:
It’s not only cars that have hood ornaments: this is on a gondola.
Here’s a couple doing their best to entice passers-by to inspect a mask shop.
We saw lots of interesting metalwork.
Mosaics, simple and complex:
This arch could have gone with the majestic photos from a previous post, but I include it here because it’s a detail of St. Mark’s Basilica.
I’m always amazed by screens made of stone.
A few details from the tops of things:
And birds keeping someone company in a niche:
This seemed so very unlikely–a mythical beast with a bunch of umbrellas?
Venice was a treat. Next travel stop: London!
*I don’t know how long it will be until I can again use the perfectly serviceable word “apparently” without thinking of this viral video:
The song that resulted can be found here. It’s pretty catchy.
[Images: El Guapo]