Monthly Archives: March 2016

I’ve been in Venice over Easter and the papers have been reporting visitor gridlock, panic stations etc, so I thought I’d post some of my photos to demonstrate that if you just step away from the tourist routes by a few yards, the place is empty!

Tuesday March 29th. Vaporetto trip to Sant’ Erasmo to visit Mary Ann and Trevor. You can walk for miles, or a mile, anyway, and only see fields of vegetables, orchards, strips of untended land, a few houses (the island has a population of 750) and water. So we did, and then after tea and chocolate I caught the boat back, through the enchanted world of the lagoon at the ‘golden hour’ as the sun starts to sink.

Chiesa - downtown Sant' Erasmo

Chiesa – downtown Sant’ Erasmo



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Journey home

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I stayed in this house 2 years ago – beside the only vaporetto stop on the island of Vignole, which was handy

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Then yesterday I met up with Val Millington and we went for a Venice ‘Crones’ Ramble’ in honour of the crones’ walks we used to do in Somerset and Dorset whenever Ros Marchant was around.



Yesterday I learnt, among other things, the Italian for ‘clothes pegs’. Mollette. You can see just how much trust you can put in a Venetian clothes peg when you look at these cushions dangling over a canal.

Spring is now happening visibly, bursting out all over.

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Here’s one for Jacy Wall: The Nature of Mending an Outboard Motor

Crone 3Canoe School by the Arsenale

Crone 5Siesta by the Lagoon (just don’t let go of the boat)

Crone 7Fine brick decoration on an otherwise crumbling building

Crone 8Street art on the back wall of one of the Biennale buildings. Like it!

Crone 11Moving home Venetian style

Crone 10A kind of Easter bonnet for a shrine

Crone 12And lastly, who’s at home?

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