Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Early Saturday Morning... Rialto Market in Venice

For the few of us willing to get up early on Saturday, Prof Yasha graciously took us on one more fabulous Yasha Tour to the locals' fruit market near the Rialto bridge.  We walked from our lovely hotel and the views of the often-crowded popular spots were really worth waking for.  It was an easy walk because there weren't many people out yet.

Cheers to the bride and the groom--they got up early for some uncrowded shots of Piazza San Marco! Just them, the photographer and the friendly pigeons. (We stayed out of their shot!)

There it is, Rialto Bridge!

 Lily must have taken this one, because she's not in it. The Early Birdies, L-R: Me (Bridget), Lan, Il Maestro Professor Yasha, Bill.

Vendors were just starting to unpack around 7:30.

Spices, rice, dried pasta.


We bought some of these figs and some grapes, but the lady yelled at us in Italian...maybe she was not ready for customers?

Squash blossoms and watercress, big delicacies in the States!

Dried fruits and veggies.

We considered taking the Vaporetto back to the hotel, but Prof Yasha surprised us with a taxi ride!  We could see the vendors for the market unloading and the gondoliers getting ready for a busy Saturday. We watched 2 large cruise ships pull in to the port as well, and before we knew it "our" part of San Marco was crowded.

What an amazing view of the city--thanks, Prof Yasha!

Santa Maria della Salute.  When I return to Venice, I'm going in!

We had enough time for a quick pastry and cappuccino before loading our bags on the boat Prof Yasha hired to take us to the Airport.  Here are Rob and Vikram running to board before 10 am sharp departure!

Ciao, Venice!

That gorgeous orange cocktail!

Prof Yasha was right, this is truly the best cocktail--an Aperol Spritz.
It's as bright and summery as that tablecloth at the street cafe in Venice! (Hi Lily and Lan!)

How does it taste?

Like long days of sunshine, with a side of bubbling laughter and that heavy-limbed feeling you get when your work day is done, you've clocked 11 miles on your FitBit, and you're ready to relax with your favorites.

(Maybe I am biased because I had my first one with Jocelyn...but they are delicious, different and not too heavy. The perfect drink before dinner...or after dinner.)

Here's how you make one:

Add ice to a large balloon glass, and add:
3 parts Prosecco
2 parts Aperol liqueur
1 part acqua frizzante (that's fizzy water)
Garnish with an orange wheel.

Italians have enjoyed Aperol since 1919, when it was introduced at the Padua International Fair, but Spritzes were not common until the 1950s.  In the 2000s Aperol sponsored the Moto GP World Championship.  There is our tie-in to Akrapovic!

Gelato > Leonardo da Vinci

While standing outside the Leonardo da Vinci museum, the only thing on our minds was the incredible gelato... This shines a surprising light on prioritizing immediate relevance when hot and hungry 🍦 

Monday, June 26, 2017

You call THAT a ceiling?

THIS is what a real palace should look like, talk about serious wealth. Even though the Doge was supposedly only living in 10 rooms of this palace, we all know where he was spending his time

My Dinner is Staring...

Given the choice I probably wouldn't opt to have fish heads on my plate, but "when in Croatia"... Do as the Croats do right?

Malvasija Wine Tradition

Malvasija wine, the "Queen of Istria". What a delightful tradition that in Istria, when someone comes to your home you off them a glass of wine, regardless of time of day or occasion. I do wonder how they determine who to offer wine to? We should email Tin!
I.e. "Hey there!" ... "Hellooo".... "Come in for a glass of wine and a casual conversation?".... "Well I am just delivering the mail, but tradition is tradition."

We Ain't No Bob the Builder

Uljanik needs no Bob the Builder, just some haphazard American MBA students with open-toed shoes.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Venice, Italy
Gondoliers, Gondoliers!

What does it take to be one? A lot apparently! To begin you need almost 300,000 Euros: 250,000 license fee and 30,000 to 40,000 euros to buy a gondola. AND your father and grandfather had to have been gondoliers as well. Another way millionaires found a way to take and keep public waters for themselves.

The ride was fun thou!

Venice, Italy

We visited a mask making place in Venice.  Our sweet charming presenter talked about the process of making the masks and what they were used for. Very informative.

I painted my own mask (for my daughter actually). Not an artist, am I?! But, she loved it.

Venice, Italy

A visit to Murano Island

A short visit to Murano Island to watch Murano Glass making. Interesting process! A lot of skill required to make it perfect.
Undesirable working conditions thou, have to feel sorry for the people working there.