Monday, July 11, 2011

Sweating in Venice

Venice. The sauna. If you're on the Grand Canal you can breathe...
Notice how everyone is outside? So are we. The Gritti Palace Hotel has the best views in town. Breakfast on the terrace is delightful. Lunch is just bearable if there is a breeze. Forget cocktails - too hot.
Arrive by water taxi if you can - it's an e-ticket ride (okay of you remember e tickets you're older than you think).
The Biennalle four years ago changed the way I look at the world. This year it looked like a misogynistic high school art show. I kept thinking "Yuck!" and "I could do that" and "Seriously? More melted plastic?"

There were a few thought provoking pieces...
...and a few that looked straight out of a Manhattan gallery.
But it did not change my life. Darn.

There were gondola traffic jams on the Grand Canal...
...the poor sweltering tourists looked miserable. 

When you go eat at Al Paradiso. Inside. At midnight outside it was 90 degrees, But the owner is charming and the food was incredible. Have the Branzino Carpaccio and the Spaghetti Vongole. Try the risotto with shrimp. And the grilled whole sea bass. Yum.

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