From there we walked back over the bridge to look at a small temporary exhibition of African art
There were such delicious things to see
enjoyable even for a woman on painkillers with an aching back and a thumping headache!
In the courtyard leading to the Grand Canal there is a Marini sculpture that always makes me smile.
It causes many different reactions in people that are as amusing as the sculpture itself!
We had the added bonus of seeing a temporary exhibition of fin de-Siecle Parisian avant-garde's paintings, drawings and prints - a real treat!
Lovely Vallotton prints
and other delights.
In 1867 the American consul in Venice, Dean Howells, described the month of October as,
"the month of the Sunsets and of the English.... the party which fills the gondola with well-cushioned English middle age, ruddy English youth and substantial England baggage. We have learnt to know them all very well: the father and the mother sit upon the back seat, and their comely girls at the sides and the front. These girls have the honest cabbage-roses of English health upon their cheeks; they all wear little dowdy English hats, and invariable waterfalls of hair tumbling upon their broad English backs...."
'Dowdy little hats' - the cheek of the man! The well-cushioned parents and the comely girls are all now back in their respective homes, but we had a lovely time all together in Venice!