venice, italy – part 1 – january 2015 February 2, 2015

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venice, italy - january 2015 - running with tweezersit’s been three weeks and i’m still hard-pressed for the words to describe Venice. all i can say is that it opened itself up to me like a different book every day – a history text, a romance novel, a mystery. i was rendered gobsmacked, intoxicated, and wide-eyed. beyond that, words fail me. the best i can do is share my time there in photos. there are more to come…including the photography workshop I attended while I was there. scroll through to the bottom for a short list of links to just a few of the things you should experience there. venice, italy - january 2015 - running with tweezers

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The oh-so-spectacular Skye McAlpine was one of our hosts at the workshop in Venice and I must say…she knows Venice well. She has a wonderful city guide on Design*Sponge – it’s an essential read if you’re planning a visit. Other than that, here are a few other stops I made that I encourage you to check out when you’re there:

  • Harry’s Bar – everyone told me not to bother…that Harry’s Bar was hopelessly touristy and not worth it. I disagree. Maybe it was the time of year I was there but *I* was the only tourist in the place- the rest of the bar was full of old money business meetings and ladies who lunch. The Bellinis aren’t cheap but this spot is a little piece of Venetian culture I don’t think you should miss. Have the croque monsieur. It’s divine.
  • The Guggenheim Museum – me endorsing this is a little redundant as it’s widely known as one of the best collections of modern art on the planet. I can’t agree more…and I can’t explain how intimate, cozy and magical seeing this collection in Peggy Guggenheim’s former home is. Take a day and experience it. also – the gift shops have some lovely items made in Venice in addition to the usual museum shop fare.
  • Osteria ai 4 Feri – the ladies from the workshop and I had a really wonderful lunch at this tucked away gem. I ate spaghetti and clams 4 times while I was in Venice…and their version was easily my favorite.
  • Al Covo – one of the nicer meals I had in Venice was at this place recommended by Skye. owned by a Venetian and a Texan, this restaurant has been around for nearly 30 years. the owners were there and were so warm and welcoming. the desserts are not to be missed.
  • Le Cafe – i had quite a few spritzes in the days i was there…and this was my favorite version. served in a tall wine glass, it was the perfect balance of Aperol, Prosecco and soda. they put a green olive in theirs, which I prefer. great snacks if you take your drink at the bar as I did.
  • Osteria Al Squero – one of the two cicchetti spots I tried. warm and cosy and ridiculously inexpensive – a glass of wine will set you back 2 euros.
  • Cantinone Gia’ Schiavi – this is a wine store in Dorsoduro that also has a counter area for food and drinks…and was by far my favorite stop for cicchetti. The combinations they had were really unique and all so delicious: brie with nettle puree, octopus with shaved zucchini, a slice of mortadella wrapped around ricotta and arugula. Each were around 1.5 euro and the wine was about the same price.
  • Hotel Ca’Pisani – after the workshop, I wanted to stay nearby and in a relatively quiet neigborhood with things to walk to. i’m so glad i chose this hotel – the staff was insanely accommodating and friendly, the room was well appointed and had a fantastic spa bathroom and the location can’t be beat. it’s a short walk to the Accademia bridge. i can’t recommend it enough.

Comments

Brian @ A Thought For Food Feb 2, 2015 12:02 pm

Looks absolutely wonderful! I’ve only been to Piedmont, but I’m dying to go back to Italy and see more of the country. Venice, of course, is on the list.

Skye Feb 2, 2015 02:02 pm

This is beautiful, Tami! So lovely to see Venice through your eyes (and your lens) – and excited to hear about what you got up to after the workshop! Must try Osteria Ai 4 Feri…sounds gorgeous… Xx

Tony Clark Feb 2, 2015 03:02 pm

Beautiful images, I can’t wait to see part two.

Peggy Ricks Feb 2, 2015 03:02 pm

Your photos brought back so many lovely memories! I hope I am lucky enough to visit Venice again. Can’t wait to see more of your photos.

Lynn Feb 3, 2015 05:02 am

You captured it perfectly. Lovely, lovely. I’m glad you got to go.

Denise Feb 3, 2015 02:02 pm

I love this post, and the photos really caught the romance of Venice. I have yet to go, and now I am dreaming of enjoying a big plate of cicchetti!

merry jennifer Feb 3, 2015 04:02 pm

I loved following your Instagram account while you were there. I’ve never been to Venice – or Italy, for that matter – and I would so, so love to go. I’m not sure I have a willing travel partner, though, so I may end up having to travel solo, just so I can finally get there.

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