It’s Not the Menu, It’s the Maestro

Finally this spring I have found the time to start adding the blog posts from the last trip in the fall of 2010. The sketches are part of my sketchbook which is on tour now in Austin, Texas, with The Sketchbook Project 2011. The next stop on the tour will be Portland, MA., and then on to Washington, D.C. The selected theme was “you’d be home by now” and I thought that it worked perfectly for my travel journal for my trip to Venice, Croatia, and Greece. So… (an often used word by Greek guides), we begin…

We arrived in Venice following a smooth flight across the big pond. At the vaporetto stop we met a newlywed couple who were staying at the Hotel Daniele along the Grand Canal. Upon arrival at our hotel, we called an Italian friend, who told us that George and Elisabetta, and the Jolie-Pitts had stayed there in September during the Venice Film Festival. The Excelsior Lido was a true highlight although it was in low season so it was very quiet. In a jet-lagged daze, we got dressed to go out to dinner at Andri, and had drinks before at The Nutcracker Bar on Via Lepanto. Our exceptional waiter, Maximiliano, made our return to Venice magnifico!

We always enjoy coming back with the discovery of a new appertivo, this time our dessert drink: the Scorpino made with small amounts of vodka, prosecco, and lemon gelato. Perfetto digestivo. Although we had walked there, we decided to take a taxi back to the hotel. A word of caution: when the concierge tells you ‘it’s only ten minutes to walk it”, remember that means you add twenty to that to arrive at your destination! I phone plugs¬†didn’t work at that time in the room, but a peaceful night of slumber took priority this evening.

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