And to admire the shop windows and the laundry hanging to dry over a canal
post on Instagram a few times a day). But shall I leave you with one tantalising, foolish, image -- this time it's from Pater's journal, sketched alongside me as we both sat ourselves down and concentrated on the most exuberant, shocking, joyous, and witty equestrian statues you've ever seen. Some of you have seen the statue of which I speak (Marino Marini's Angel of the City); some have only heard of it; others will simply wonder why my husband and I spent time in Venice drawing crude images of a happy nude man on a horse. . .
When next we speak of Venice, remind me to tell you of the cutest response to that statue's surprise (the viewer must approach it from behind, descending stairs toward the canal with all its distractions -- the classic second-take is common here). For now, I'll just ask you how you manage the Three or Four-Day Visit to a city with Too Many Attractions. Do you try to get through a long list? Do you like to see as much as possible or do you prefer to see a select few sites or even simply one or two paintings? Would you trade off an important gallery for a lazy few hours in a great little restaurant? How do you sort out priorities? And besides time, of course, there's also budget to be sorted. And stamina and physical ability (My knee pain -- which is really a seizing up of a confusion of muscles and tendons and fascia all 'round the knee, my ITB, calf, glutes, quads, and on and on -- flared up two weeks before we left, so while I've been managing 10 to 15 kilometres daily, it's not cost-free. Don't worry, I brought my foam Travel Roller).
And, of course, I welcome any favourite Venice stories or tips or wishes you'd care to share. Thanks very much to those of you who recommended the Guggenheim Collection. Yes, it was all that!