I know exactly where to take you for this week’s ABC Wednesday post! Come with me to Venice – I found a great shop there, just behind Piazza San Marco: the Ferrari shop! And how neat is this – since I name all my ABC picture files using the letter plus numbers, the name of that picture is ‘F1‘! How fitting!
No, I didn’t go in and buy anything, and I have no clue how they got that thing in there, since there are no roads for cars in this district. I can only assume that somehow it came by boat. I’d love to have seen them do that, wouldn’t you?
Imagine a Ferrari being ferried down one of these narrow backwaters!
No shops in that picture, I fear, but there is plenty of washing flapping like flags among the flowers.
By the way, guess what they use as ferries on the Grand Canal? Decommissioned gondolas! Once their life as a tour boat is over, they have the fancy seats taken out and the gold plated fittings removed and the old gondolas are used as ferries to take shoppers from one bank to the other.
Fun? Maybe, but I didn’t like the way you had to stand up on the way over during ‘rush hour’. With my luck, I’d have fallen in.
No need to worry about that on the island of Murano. The canal here is hardly wide enough to need a ferry, and the bridges are frequent.
You might be able to spot an ‘F‘ in that row of shops, too – ‘F.lli Moretti’, which I presume is short for ‘Fratelli Moretti’, or ‘Moretti Bros’.
While we were on Murano, we had lunch. Fairly ordinary thing to do, I hear you say, but it turned into an adventure for me, because the speciality of all of the food places over there seemed to be fish – and I am allergic to some types of fish. Very allergic. But I was famished, and we found a place and sat down. Here’s a shot of the menu.
If you have very sharp eyes for fine print, you’ll see that there are only a handful of items on that menu which do not contain fish. There are fish appetisers, pasta with fish, fish dishes, fish, fish, and more fish. That small piece of paper there in front says (among other things) ‘Sono molto allergica al pesce. Il mio cibo deve essere cucinato separatamente dal pesce*’ and was written for me by the lovely T, because Italian is her mother tongue. It quite possibly saved my life because the people in this trattoria took it very seriously and cooked me something special, entirely separately from all the fish.
When we got back to the main island, we took a walk. Wandering through the funny little back streets and investigating the various shops on the way, I found this little gem. A photography shop – and since that’s spelled with an ‘F‘ in Italy, I feel quite justified in including it.
See that row of pictures by the door? Who is that famous fellow at the bottom there, the one with the white shirt? You know who, don’t you? Yep, Johnny Depp himself! It was taken at the Venice Film Festival in 2003. What a find, huh? There’s a short clip from an interview taken that year here on YouTube if you fancy it. He’s looking just as he is in that picture – which is just fine by me.
The fair hair, by the way, is because he’d just finished shooting Secret Window. It’s his ‘Mort Rainey’ hair.
* I am very allergic to fish. My food must be cooked separately from fish.