and why didn't I think of that?
27.07.2011 - 04.08.2011
Now that I think back on it, I'm not sure why I got so upset. It was a situation that was easily solved and only took time, money and a few phone calls. My passport was in Rome and I was in Venice. But at the moment I called my mom, I couldn't think of a single thing to do. Mom got on the phone and called my sister and my friend and soon my phone started ringing with ideas. And then I got the call from my friend who said simply "after your stay in Venice jump on the train back to Rome and get your passport". ..... And why didn't I think of that? Problem solved.
A call to the Hotel Forum in Rome to confirm they had my passport and make a reservation for one more night and a call to US Air to delay my return by one day and it was done. It was then I realized I had three whole days in Venice to explore, photograph and enjoy.
I can't say I ever fell in love with the Albergo San Marco. I could only get the wifi to work in the lobby so every night I spent an hour sitting down there catching up and letting everyone know I was fine. My room never really did cool off. And that odd little man never was friendly or helpful. But the hotel was convenient so it was fine.
I spent the next three days wandering, shopping, photographing and exploring. I tried to get lost, really I did, but it was my fourth trip to Venice and I kept finding my way. If you know me you know I always get lost, especially when I don't want to, but not in Venice. And around each corner was something beautiful and wonderful. Each evening I would sit in Piazza San Marco, have a glass of wine or two, and listen to live music. I watched people. I saw many brides as Piazza San Marco is apparently a popular place for wedding photos. I have to say one day the cruise ships were in and the crowds were horrible, but the other two days were just busy as usual.
I found a perfect place for lunch. Just take one of the little side streets off of the Rialto Bridge (towards the bottom of course) and around the corner is a wonderful little sidewalk cafe. It is right on the canal, in the shade and there is a never-ending stream of people and boats to watch. The restaurant is called Naranzaria. They had a pretty decent Bellini and the most amazing lasagna I have ever tasted. The pasta with light, the meat sauce flavorful without being heavy and the cheese was melt in your mouth. It was served on a plate drizzled with olive oil and had a little cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese. Absolutely heavenly. I ate there several times. I ate in little shops too. I had a pancetta panini for breakfast one morning and pizza a few times. Always delicious. My other favorite spot was a little bakery called Rose Saloa. I can't say the service was excellent. I'm not sure if it was my imagination but it seems like they waited on everyone Italian speaking before me, even people who came in after me, but the bakery was delicious. I ordered a little two bite cream puff and was surprised to find it filled with a chocolate cream that had a hint of orange. It was wonderful.
Before I knew it I was spending my last evening in Venice. The next morning was the train back to Rome and a few more adventures before I fly home.