The foto above shows the promenade Riva delgi Schiavoni, where many boats leave their loads of tourists, most of them in big groups, all heading towards Piazza San Marco.
Just less than 100 meters away from those crowds you can find these amazing places, where local venetians chat with their neighbours inbetween crocery shopping. This is the Campo dei Mori in Castello.
Enjoy the little alleyways and narrow canals (the water is extremely green this year), walk without destination, let your feet bring you around the next corner, let your eyes admire the charming surroundings, choose the sunny sides of the little lanes. Do get lost, that is fun in Venice!
After visited Venice at least for six times, I start looking further up, along the walls, and my little Canon finds always new interesting objects.
Like camelias, makes you feel like Greta Garbo as "Kameliendame", well, not really. In March there aren't that many flowers to be seen, you find joy of every single one you find.
We amused ourselves with memory, a very personal version for our brithdayboy! Who won? Birthdayboy's wife, again, she just knows the tricks!
In the evening we rushed through San Marco to our favourite fish restaurant Corte Sconta in Castello. They do serve vegetarian menu for not-fish-eating-people, lucky me!
From Rialto brigde you get a good glimpse of the busy life, here you can see the boats delivering basicly everything, to shops, to restaurants, to private homes. We did see guys carrying a sofa through the tiny streets, wow.
This is one of the not touristy piazzas, called Campo San Giacomo dell'Orio. On the left side is the church, which is one of the oldest ones in Venice. Yesterday kids were playing football against the church wall and a family had a picknick where the tables are now getting wet in the rain, see foto below.
Sunny weather brings out all venetians, and not all of them are old. Population is getting older, but on the other hand wealthy foreigners are buying properties and bringing new blood to the ancient city.
If you have booked your gondel tour you have to make, expecially if you are from far east ...
In Venice you do go out for dinner but during the day you have to try all those tramezzinis and other fantastic snacks, always frish, with a lot of maionaise, but still tasty.
scampi ... cozze ... all those nice looking animals from the waters ... yammy yammy ...
Always frish, young vegetables, carciofi etc. And a must for all Italy fans: gelati!!!