La Serenissima

Exotica has been comfortably moored for four weeks in our quiet marina Veneto di Venezia on the tranquil island of Certosa less than twenty minutes from the heart of Venice.

High tide

High tide

Low tide

Low tide, spires of San Marco in the distance

 

Every day we took the 4.1 vaporetto into San Marco to visit a couple of the hundreds of museums and churches adorned with Titians, Veroneses, Tintorettos and Canalettos.  It is not surprising to learn that there are 314 named painters of the Venetian school.

 

Venice with a View group in the the fresco salon Laconda San Barbaba

Venice with a View group in the the fresco salon Laconda San Barbaba

For six days we were lucky enough to join a group of music lovers from Sydney spending a few days in Venice before moving to the Bach festival in Leipzig.

Shouldn't the gondolier be concentrating on steering!

Shouldn’t the gondolier be concentrating on steering!

Boarding at Hotel San Barnaba, Duodorso

Boarding at Hotel San Barnaba, Duodorso

 

With them we had some special occasions including a gondola ride, not normally something we would do, but this one was rather special with a brief stop at a canal side hotel’s boat, to take on board two bottles of prosecco and some nibbles.

Five star gondola experience

Five star gondola experience

Vivaldi devoted most of his life to this famous church and orphanage for children of the poor

Vivaldi devoted most of his life to this famous church and orphanage for children of the poor

We also had a specially guided tour of the Pieta and particularly memorable was the night time visit to the Basilica, where, as darkness fell, they turned on the lights to illuminate the amazing golden frescoes on the ceiling.  Despite being a Roman Catholic church all the architectural influences in this building come from the orthodox religions further east.

 

The tide rising in Palazzo San Marco

The tide rising in Palazzo San Marco

There are 7 domes in San Marco

There are 7 domes in San Marco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Marco at night

San Marco at night

20 Euro Aperol Spritz at Hotel Cipriani. Room start at 1,400 Euros!

20 Euro Aperol Spritz at Hotel Cipriani. Rooms start at 1,400 Euros!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cipriani launch

Cipriani launch

Worth the cost of the drinks for this sunset from the Cipriani launch

Worth the cost of the drinks for this sunset from the Cipriani launch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Private collection of Murano glass

Private collection of Murano glass

Hair cut at this extraordinary Venezian salon

Hair cut at this extraordinary Venezian salon

 

 

The weather has been pretty perfect so far, cool with the occasional shower, so good for sightseeing. It  has started to warm up but one is not tempted to dive into the lagoon, however!

 

8 Euro meal Osteria Bea Vita

8 Euro meal Osteria Bea Vita

Linea D'Ombra

Linea D’Ombra

to fine dining, thanks Richard and Vicky

 

 

 

 

 

Scary wine list!

Scary wine list!

Doge Palace on right and prison on left, from the Bridge of Sighs

Doge Palace on right and prison on left, from the Bridge of Sighs

With our friends, Vicky and Richard Franklin, who joined us on board for four days, we visited the Doge’s Palace and had a spectacular lunch at Linea d’Ombra restaurant overlooking the canal.  They are bridge players so each evening, once the sun had set, we sat down to play cards.

 

 

Opulance in the Doges Palace

Opulance in the Doges Palace

Stuart Skelton starred as Tristan at ENO

Stuart Skelton starred as Tristan at ENO

Thursday June 23rd we flew back to England for 12 days for a feast of opera. A momentous day for Britain, the shock referendum result  to leave the European Union greeted us on the morning of the 24th. The country has remained in turmoil, the journalists having a field day and the politicians at loggerheads but it has not affected our exceptional Wagnerfest!

Quintessential Glyndebourne, before a sensational Die Meistersinger

Quintessential Glyndebourne, before a sensational Die Meistersinger

Taxi to The Ring Cycle at Festival Hall

Taxi to The Ring Cycle at Festival Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opera North's semi-staged Ring production

Opera North’s semi-staged Ring production

The Fielding Private Hotel with Royal Opera House in background

The Fielding Private Hotel with Royal Opera House in background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ring with Marilyn and Richard Plummer and Margie Jones

The Ring with Marilyn and Richard Plummer and Margie Jones

Family time at Phee's renovated cottage

Family time at Phee’s renovated cottage

 

 

 

We return to Venice on July 5th and  plan to sail to Trieste and the coast of Slovenia.

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