We arrived in Venice shortly after midday. We were greated by a representative of Lux-Rest Venice at the ticket office in Piazzale Roma and were welcomed to our apartment in San Croce. I nearly fell over when I saw it. For months I've had a photo of the canal on my wall at work (thanks Google!). And finally I was staring at the real thing. I had to pinch myself. Even more so because I've joked for months our apartment was the red building in the photo. How true that was! I couldn't believe it!
After going through all the formalities with the apartment, we headed off in search of somewhere to eat. We weaved through the back alleys and came across a small place called Trattoria Taverna Capitan Uncino. Most of the tables were occupied by local workmen and it didn't take long to realise we heard no accents other than Italian -- which was great! A local joint!! The menus were extensive and it took a while to decide what to order. In the end I went for a tagliolini with mushrooms and truffle. It wasn't at all bad - a little expensive at E18.00 but that was okay. A bottle of aqua frizzante and an espresso later we were off again to explore the local area.
In the next hour I took about 100 photos! San Croce is an area of Venice we haven't explored previously. To my absolute delight the rain stopped and blue sky appeared. Again, I couldn't believe it. (I have a running joke about the weather in Venice - afterall it took me three trips here before I experienced a sunny day. And the forecast was supposed to be rain, rain, rain, rain for the next week or so. A little bit of blue sky made my day!) So I snapped away. I absolutely love the canal we are on.
There's magic around every corner. I really don't think you can take a bad photo in Venice. There's so much beauty and interest. Whether it's in the water, the bridges, the boats or the decaying old buildings and magnificent churches. There's colour everywhere. And gorgeous reflections. Light and dark. Movement and silence.
At the end of the day however I feel like I'm home. Actually I know it. The headache I've had for the past two days has stopped. It stopped when we arrived. Afterall I'm now in my happy place. And have 30 days to enjoy it.