This edition is about old men, young (ish) women
and the one thing an Italian never needs to be
So last weekend the G-man shimmied into Venice to
go to church…..
…..Well, quite a few actually
…..but not to pray for forgiveness (far too late)
…..but to worship at the altar (literally) of the
Why pay to go to a museum and pay to see paintings that
weren’t meant to be in a museum to begin with ? ? ? ? ?
So if you find yourself in Venice….
‘Get Smart’, 1965-1970 starring Don Adams !
Go to the Chiesa San Pantalon and stare in astonishment at
the baroque ceiling by Fumiani…..
Or got to the Chiesa dei Carmini and wonder at the altar pieces
by Tintoretto, Conegliano, Lotto and works by Veronese and Ricci
Anyway, I digress but you get the idea
As I wandered randomly through the Jewish Ghetto (in Italian they
call this to ‘andare a zonzo’)…..
…..I spied a very feminine gondolier standing beside a gondola
‘I say’, I said, ‘Why are you wearing a red stripy top ?’…..
…..’Is that because you’re a bird ?’
Unruffled by my cockney interlocution she replied…..
‘We are allowed to on weekends and feast days’
‘Ahh, interesting’, I replied, ‘You’re a rare breed, I mean a lady
captain of a pointy black boat’
‘You are right there, Sir. There are only two of us out of 500
gondolas in Venice’
Intrigued…..to say the least !
‘And were you the first or the last to take up said profession ?’
‘The second’ she replied
‘Shame’, I said, ‘I would have hired you but I only back winners’
She almost laughed…..but not quite ! ! ! ! !
Today, I nipped into a bar for an ice cream to find the place
full of ‘old farts’ playing cards…..
…..That’s fine as it stands…..
…..but not one of them had so much as a coffee between them…..
…..and there were about 30 of them !
Now I understand if the missus is watching the soaps and you want
to do something a bit more intellectual but surely you can’t sit
in a cafe and play cards for free…..
…..somebody has to pay the rent
…..the toilet rolls
This is Italy where even being wrong you can be right
It’s a great place to be a loser
So back to food…..
I’m not quite sure how to express this…..
First, go to the website of this amazing restaurant…..
Nestled on a hillside on the outskirts of Bassano this place
…..regional cuisine serving seasonal food and specialising
OH BLOODY YES ! !
If you have to eat in heaven I expect these people will be
running the kitchen