It's often said that nothing changes; the elegant waiters edge between tables on the Piazza San Marco where they charge €9.50 (about $13.620) for a cup of espresso caffe.
Seen in January 2008, it's obvious what it's all about. The Palazzo dei Dogi is on the left and the Piombi (the leads - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piombi for explanation) on the right.
There are, of course, all the tiny sottoporteggi and the calli that exit suddenly onto a hidden canal. This, I thought, was a good photo, but, unfortunately the gondola's occupants couldn't resist waving.
We took the opportunity of our long-term vaporetto tickest to show some new friends the islands of Murano and Burano. Murano is where the glass comes from, though I'm sure much of the cheaper stuff in the shops comes from China. The Muranesi are running a positive campaign saying "Nothing in this shop comes from China. Stop killing Murano."
Getting back to the Michelangelo, we found we had been upstaged by a bigger and better boat. this was fenced off and had a private office erected on the Riva Sette Martiri to make sure no-ne got in who wasn't welcome. Don't know who it belonged to, but we saw nobody either on board or coming and going.
This was the only bad weather we had; the weather forecast before we left England predicted rain 3 days out of 5, but we know what to do with weather forecasts, don't we! Barbeque Summer - HA!
The thunder clouds gradually rolled in and gave us a wonderful sunset and thunder & lightning after dark.
Then we decided to keep our appointment with Tintoretto...
Via Titian... These are in Santa Mariea Della Salute. I could rapturise about Titian and Tintoretto and all the other Venetian School painters, but I'm sure you know all about them (if not, try Wikipedia).
Where the Tintorettos are placed all around the hexagonal walls. They are completely open to the atmosphere and could do with a clean, but the camera brings out the colours and the fabulous technique. It's hard to believe that these paintings are over 400 years old. I think of Tintoretto as the archetypical Venetian painter and he's usually described as the last great painter of the Italian renaissance.
... and we retired to the Bar Aurora, a real fisherman's bar, with real fishermen, to drink coffee and get warm.
This time, the bar seemed closed, so we went elsewhere, but as we made our way back to the dock, it began to open for the afternoon. Just bad timing, I guess.
Last day... we went to see the early markets West of the Rialto, then made our way via vaporetto to Ca' Rezzonico (which I can recommend if you've got at least half a day to look around a gallery) to the Accademia where we sat outside and had pizzas and cool white wine while watching the gondlas and vaporetti going back and forth.