Italy 2012 – Venice, the ghetto

Venice has been home to a Jewish community since medieval times.

The Republic made the community live in the area when there had been foundries, ‘geti’, from which the name ghetto is derived. With such a limited area to live in, the buildings had to go upwards as the population expanded.

Only eight Jewish residents of Venice emerged from the death camps.

The community has been slowly rebuilt.

Italy 2012 – Venice, Florian

After we had fun in the fish market, like every tourist we headed to St Mark’s Square.

See those two handsome men in the front left? They were with me.

We had a date with a Venice institution…


It’s such a beautiful place…

…I really can’t understand…

…why anyone would choose to sit outside, and listen to the dreadful band (which were Austrian soldiers in the first place!)…

…when you can sit inside, at the bar, and watch the waiters.

It’s cheaper to sit at the bar too.

Christopher, who is an expert in these things…

…pronounced the coffee excellent.

Italy 2012 – Venice, Rialto Fish Market

There’s been a fish market at the Rialto for a long time…

…almost a 1,000 years.

There is every single type of shellfish…

…and seafood you can imagine.

Especially if you have a good immagination.

So it’s little wonder…

…that we couldn’t make up our mind what to buy.

Travel Dreams

In March 2006, I fulfilled a dream and went to Venice. It seems a LONG time ago now. We haven’t yet made any travel plans this year, although The Boy, has a great many business trips in his calendar.

Maybe it’s the time of year, or the fact I’m rather out of sorts, but I long to jump on a ‘plane, train or into the car and find myself elsewhere. Anyone want to run away with me?

That said travelling does have its down sides….