19 February, 2010

Venice, City of Magic




















































I'll have LOADS to tell you about Venice tomorrow (Carnevale, our amazing Palazzo of a hotel, the MARKETS, my new love affair with artichokes in every form, our nostalgic trip to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (guess who used to be an art historian?).

Right now I'm dropping. We got up early, went out in the rain, arrived at the vaporetto (water bus) stop in time to hit a STRIKE, walked half an hour in an evil downpour UP and DOWN the steps of bridges, John lugging all the baggage...

Home to mountains of laundry as everything got soaked through the luggage, believe it or not! Four loads so far and I've been home only five hours. A gorgeous supper of grilled beef fillets, red pepper soup with creme fraiche and a warm salad of cannellini beans with Parmesan (brought back in the soaked suitcases!) chilli oil, fresh breadcrumbs and rocket.

Tomorrow we drive Avery to the train station for her first journey alone (one stop and change of platform!) to visit a friend in the country. I'm getting perilously relaxed about this sort of thing. But I'll have time to blog. And I'll leave you with this image: Brangelina, handing their kids one by one out of a water taxi, right before our very eyes. I hate to say it: I was a bit starstruck.

But even more impressive... those ARTICHOKES...

6 comments:

andrea said...

Brangelina?? Even though I don't like them that is a true star sighting! How exciting!

Kristen In London said...

Exactly my feelings! To see that they were real people was an illumination of sorts...

Finn is adorable, you know!

Casey said...

Can't wait to hear your Venetian tales. We were to go in June but have had to abandon the plan for this year. We were in Venice at Carnevale with our younger daughter about 10 years ago. It was magic.

Kristen In London said...

Casey, we are madly in love with Venice now!

Bee said...

This is the first thing I noticed about this post: Avery isn't wearing a coat! Was it really that warm?

I'm amazed that you pulled together such a nice dinner after getting back . . . we tend to have something out of the freezer on those occasions. I want to hear more about the artichokes.

p.s. After our skiing vacation, I think that I did at least TEN loads of laundry.

Kristen In London said...

It was very warm, Bee, in Avery terms - she almost never wears a coat! But we were all quite comfortable.

As for cooking on our return, it was a matter of soothing my withdrawal symptoms: it was pure torture in Venice to be surrounded by such fabulous produce, with no kitchen to cook in. So I was really ready for some kitchen time when I got back... the artichokes are proving elusive, however. A friend recommended a veg stand in Turnham Green, so I may well head there this afternoon... I'll let you know!