Ohhh, the divine treat of sleep when jet-lagged! And we were gifted with a solid eight hours -- bravissimo!! Funny, but the jet lag has tallied up to nothing more than an accumulated pooped at the end of yesterday and niente today. The secret?? No idea! Maybe just mind over matter - chissa (who know)?? - but we'll take it!
After a full breakfast served in elegant Venetian style (table pics tomorrow - promise) with the pleasant company of Marley, a fellow student from Brazil, it was time to scurry back through narrow passageways to the innocuous front door of the Cattaneo home, aka The Venice Language School.
We we were met with a warm welcome from Lucia, one of the two siblings who run the school, then spent a little time visiting with the warm and friendly patriarch of the family.
Our classroom is the reinvented dining room of this comfortable Venetian home, and we quickly settled in with Andrea, teacher number one. Lively get-to-know you conversation pursued and any preoccupation with anxiety quickly evaporated like salt spray on a gondola.
A 20 minute break for caffe was followed by a second round of lessons with teacher number two, Alessandra. Essentially private lessons, we enjoyed lively rounds of patter laced with correction and instruction that ended more quickly than one would predict.
The remainder of the day was spent tourist appropriate; we walked sans destination amongst the antiquity of Venice, semi-mindful of direction but not terribly focused on any particular destination. You see, Venice is an island, so getting lost is possible but never hopelessly so.
If it's true that a picture is worth a thousand words, I'll try to post a selection worth a few million; truly there is not any one direction one can turn in Venice and not emit at least one "Wow!" and several photos.
Enjoy today's exploration from just a few views that this playful, elegant, worn but vibrant old town atop a marsh lovingly offers up with dignified expectation of generous and sincere appreciation-- which is strikingly easy to manage!
So many photos, such little time! Here come sa few slide show or two!
The famous Bridge of Sighs where convicted prisoners would take the last walk before meeting eternity or a lifetime of regret.