This was our third visit and we will go back again but we found the city has changed. It seems more and more like a museum or theme park and less and less like a place where people lead daily lives. And it has become prohibitively expensive. The albergo we stayed at previously, a charming 3 star hotel near the Academia, is now asking E200 ($300.00 CAD)a night for a small standard double with shower and Continental breakfast. We found something at E140 ($210.00CAD)at the Locanda Vecchio Poste (Old Post Office) near the antique fish market in the Rialto area. The room was more than adequate and after an initially unfriendly welcome the staff proved pleasant.
The hotel was past a Campo (Square) over a small bridge (isn't everything in Venice) and down this narrow, dark alley way. A turn at the lantern...
... down another alley way and Eccola! There you are!
The hotel from the canal side - we were just above the wooden bridge that leads to the hotel restaurant. Overlooking the canal and fish market.
The major drawback was the fish market that is very active and starts setting up at 0300 - boats coming in with the catch of the day, metal stalls being erected and the general hubbub of conversation - right under your window! And unfortunately every room in the hotel faces the market. Very picturesque but not conducive to a full nights sleep.
Though I recognized most of the shellfish - scampi, shrimp etc - many of the fish are indigenous and we never see them in North America.
Good friend Parsi tells me my original caption on this one was wrong... wronger... wrongest. Here's his full comment: Will!!!! C'mon!!! I'm gonna tell you italian teacher and she's gonna spank you! It says "lunghezze minime"!!! Minimum length! It's a sign that lists the minimum length of a fish to be sold according to the EU law. You can see on the right where it says CENT (centimetres). NOW! Turn off your pc for 4 hours and go learn the Passato prossimo and the passato remoto. And some clever spanish guy has written at the bottom "EL MIO 37", "MINE, 37".... I now have a fishbone to pick with the guy who told me that it was an old sign showing fish prices in scudi! Dumb tourists will believe anything! And I have to admit my first caption was a bit more romantic.
06 maggio - San Dominico Salvo