Plan for the day: Go to the Biennale. The Biennale, “the premier contemporary art exposition in the world” happens in the odd numbered years and for the last 10 years we have only been here in the even years. So, you can see why we really wanted to go.
We took the vaporetto and on board I was standing with three well dressed Scandinavian women. They had Biennale literature in hand so I asked them if they were going and we talked a bit. (They were not the only well dresses people we saw–lots of while linen and women in gorgeous print dresses with pearls) I decided we should go to the Giardini portion of it because it was a beautiful day and rain is expected for the next few.
The set up is by country. Joan Jonas is the artist representing the USA and although she’s gotten plenty of critical praise for her work, I found it interesting but way short of thrilling. For a thrill, I would choose Japan’s room full of keys hanging on red yarn with boats. Doesn’t sound like much but visually it’s captivating. Here are some of my photos from the Biennale
There was so much more and some we didn’t go into. We both thought it was worth the price of admission.
We came home and had lunch at 4:00. What a crazy schedule we’re on! Laundry and rest until our 9:00 dinner date with delightful Amy and Larry, Slow Trav friends. On the walk there we saw this noteworthy bridge with no sides:
We went to L’Orto dei Mori. The food was not as enjoyable as the company but it was good. I especially liked my pasta dish with shrimp “bisque” and the desserts! Amy and I want to go to the Fortuny museum together because our close minded husbands don’t want to!
I love how our apartment smell so nice when we get home because I bought one large stem of lilies our first day and they are blooming beautifully.