We walked through those great produce stalls on the way to the fish market, just look at these beautiful veggies, especially the zucchini blossoms:
And we have no idea what these are:
Next up: The Leonardo de Vinci Museum. We had read about this, and it sounded right up our alley--we are such geeks sometimes. They have replicas of many of his inventions, all displayed with reproductions of his drawings. Very fascinating, and some of the models you can actually try! The list of things he designed is long, and includes early versions of things we still use today. There was also a display case with a few of his original writings, very neat to see! Our favorite, of course, was the bicycle. Unfortunately, this was not one that we could try out!
Did you know Leonardo also designed an early version of a diving costume, complete with breathing apparatus?
And then, we got very lost! We were trying to find a certain church--we could see the tall tower in the distance--but couldn't quite get there. We were like two rats in a maze-- walking around in circles. We wandered for a long time; it was sunny, we were hot and tired. So we just gave up! We finally found a vaparetto stop--and got on the very next one that came along--we didn't even care where it was going, we just wanted to stop going in circles! We stayed on board, and it eventually came to a stop we recognized, so we got right off. It is soooo easy to get lost in Venice. They say that is part of the charm, but we didn't feel too charmed for a while there!
After all that, we deserved a second gelato--dark chocolate and caramel this time, mmmm good!
We thought we'd check out San Marco square, and see just how long the line was for the church. Not bad at all, so in we went.
WOW! This was probably our 2nd favorite church this trip, right after St. Denis in Paris. It is very different--just covered in beautiful ornate gold mosaics, marble columns and very intricate inlaid marble floors. Again, no photos allowed in the church, darn it! But I did sneak one from right outside the exit, just look at that beautiful mosaic work. It really glows when the sun hits it, it is truly amazing work. Much of the church is covered in this mosaic:
It is very hard to get a picture of the exterior, as there are buildings all around, so one can't get far enough away. But here is the best I could do, which doesn't do it justice. The exterior is also very detailed and ornate. You can see that the upper left part is under wraps.
We cooked a nice dinner of orrichetti pasta in butter garlic sauce with fresh parmigiano reggiano (sp?) cheese, some more of the delicious romanesco, and a green salad. We even have leftovers for tomorrow!