We had nothing planned, so we decided to walk over to Le Fenice (The Phoenix), a theatre that has burned down twice and risen each time from the ashes. The theatre was very ornate with lots of gold leaf and fiddly bits. It is dedicated to operas and while we are here, it was performing “The Barber of Seville” – sadly, the cheapest seats were well out of our range at 200 Euros a piece. Took tons of photos, of course, and even had a chance to talk to some techs who were on break. Sadly, we didn’t get back stage, but that’s okay.
We had arrived very early and had a cup of coffee and a sweet roll (zabbion) beforehand and then we came out and everyone was wearing various colors waders. Yeah, you couldn’t leave the square without them. The guys selling them were making a mint. We could not get them on over our shoes, so we took our shoes off, put the waders on and head back to the hotel. It was exhausting, but also sort of fun. We were told that this was a high tide and that tomorrow (Monday) would be exceptionally high.
We were going to check out the gondola workshop, but it was just too wet to try. They had erected walkways in front of our hotel, so we just walked into the lobby and headed up to our room. After some discussion, TBG put on his scuba booties and I found that I could wear his pink waders, so I put them on and out we went in search of lunch.
We ended up in a tiny little shop, but the food was good (I had lasagna and TBG had Hawaiian pizza), then we waded back to the hotel. The water was deep enough in St. Mark’s to swim in.
We spent the afternoon just lazing about, reading and relaxing. Around six, we headed out to find some dinner. The tide had receded and everything was dry. We had an interesting dinner at a small bistro. They didn’t have their dinner menu up yet, so we have a limited lunch menu to choose from. TBG decided on a hamburger (he is craving beef) and I had fish and chips. I was very surprised when it showed up with actual chips, as in potato chips and not fries, which I’m used to. The fish was chunks of lightly bread sea bass. It was delicious, but I did miss the malt vinegar and tartar sauce.
Afterwards, we did a little shopping and headed back to the hotel to get stuff ready for our cooking class on Monday. Another full and fun day in Venice