Shrove Tuesday

Back home and its time for Pancake Parties.  The Row congregation assemble in the Chapel and then process up George Street to enjoy the pancakes!



We travelled by train from Venice to Turin via Milan.  We explored Turin largely by hop-on-hop-off bus.  Lunch was an amazing hot chocolate, semi solid, with quiche.  The Cathedral Museum produced very helpful private guides who explained the pictures, statues, vestments and gold/silverware.  Then saw the interior of the Duomo and learnt all about the Shroud.


Reconstructed castle


The River Po


Roman Gateway


Duomo exterior


Duomo interior


Royal Palace


Arcaded street, one of many

Final Day in Venice

On our last day we spent the morning exploring and finding a bookshop and then shopped for presents.  In the afternoon we had a Secret Tour of the Doge’s Palace, seeing dungeons and council rooms not open to the public.  We heard about and visited the torture chamber and heard about Casanova’s exploits while a prisoner there.  Eventually we saw the grand public rooms with amazing carved, painted and gilded ceilings.

IMG_4468IMG_4477IMG_4488Then we mingled with crowds to see the procession of the beheading of the bull and the pigs.  Many folks were there in amazing carnival costumes.  We had a last glimpse of the sun at sunset.


Venetian Islands

We visited Torcello for the first time and walked to the Basilica, the oldest church in Venice.  No photos were allowed, but here is a reproduction of the fabulous mosaic fresco occupying the whole of the west wall.

IMG_8922Then here is David posing for me on the Devil’s Bridge.IMG_8901Next we travelled on to Burano famous for its lace though little is made there today.  However I was able to do some serious made in Burano and made in Italy shopping nevertheless.  Here a photos of the coloured houses and the main shopping street.

IMG_4424IMG_4425IMG_8906IMG_8907The last island was Murano where we enjoyed shopping some more and ended up with a glass blowing demonstration.


Musica a Palazzo

In the palace Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto we entered into a chamber performance of Verdi’s La Traviata.  It was performed by a quartet of strings with piano, a superb group of singers, soprano, tenor and baritone.  The audience of twenty effectively became the chorus and enveloped the musicians and singers as we moved from salon to salon for the three acts of the opera.  The quality of performance well compensated for the shortened version of the opera and the intimate setting gave a very dramatic and emotional involvement for the small audience.  This group have performed worldwide including a prize winning appearance at the Brighton Pavilion.


Setting for Act One


Making new friends


Views from the balcony in the interval



Act Two setting


In the Tiepolo Room


Final Act setting for Violetta death scene

Here are some of the palaces along the Grand Canal seen in the late afternoon.


Venetian Masks

We attended a very interesting talk and demonstration on the making and history of masks in Venice.


Of course I had to try one for size, but acquired one more suited to our luggage constraints