Albergo al Gobbo
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... problem - restaurateurs' are reluctant to serve you if you only want a drink. You have to eat too! In fairness, part of it could be to do with their liquor licence. When we had a drink in Venice yesterday at the sports bar, they provided a bowl of chippies with our drinks as a way of possibly getting around the law.
The first place we stopped at wasn't keen, but the second one said ok and we knew we had to ...
... the spikes they had
on their boots in the old days to kick the enemy, the colours of their berets
for the blood that was lost…….
The Presidential Palace backs on to Parliament with the national gardens in
between which also has a changing of the guards but that gets too busy so we
were lucky enough to get up close and personal at the Palace. The guards change hourly on a 6 hour rotation,
every man in Greece must join the Army for a 9 month ...
... br> Aqua - cobalt & silver
Red - liquid gold
The apprentice takes up to 10 years to learn the trade, it takes 3 days to complete a vase
Day 1 - glass blown by men
Day 2 - 24ct gold painted on, by women
Day 3 - glass enameled & hand painted, by women
Had a demonstration on the products, they love to show the product so that you think it will break, selling ploy that seems to work, then you can look around, with ...
... to have a nice lunch by the canal. Spaghetti for Michelle, and bambino Gnocci for me, and our fourth Caprese salad. It's great we both love Caprese salad though sadly this one wasn't that nice. Never fear - I'm sure it won't be our last one while we're in Italy!
Next we ferried over to Burano, this time on a larger and slower boat people carrier that we joked was smuggling refugees.
Michelle absolutely loved Burano and took over ...
... rooms where the Doge met dignitaries from other countries and the Council met. We also saw the justice chambers. Every room we went into was decorated with enormous murals. The ceilings were heavy on paintings and gold beams. By the end we were yearning for a bit of simple wallpaper. We took the route to the prison, over the covered bridge that 19th century poets dubbed ‘the bridge of ...