Recovery & the Gondola Ride
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After a night from hell, I awoke no better then when I went to bed. I was hungry but the thought of food was nauseating. Linda went down and got me some tea and rolls and gave me strict instructions to try to get something down. I chased her down to have breakfast with Helen and Earl and I hung out trying to eat at least a bit. Eventually, I felt well enough to get showered and when Lin came up we went for a little exploratory walk. First priority was to stop at the Farmacia for some stomach meds and some electrolyte powder and then to buy some water to put it in. I tired quickly, though, and noticed that the sun bothered me a lot. Fortunately, the narrow streets make it easy to stay in the shade! We weren’t gone long before we came back for a little rest, then we went out for lunch.
By the time I awoke, I was feeling downright well so we got dressed, collected Helen and Earl and set off in search of a gondola. We’d not gone far before we found and were found by two gondoliers making their pitch and the four of us set out with a gondolier on a trip of 45 minutes or so.
Dinner was at Caffé Saracento on the Grand Canal very near the Rialto Bridge. As they had in France, Trygars treated us to dinner for our anniversary. Lin and I shared ravioli to start and both of us had Veal Marsala as a main course. The meal, the service, and especially the ambiance were great. As we neared the hotel, we heard the sounds of a chorus from Verdi’s Aida coming from a magnificent palace just across the canal. This was the first time we’d seen lights in that building and from what we could see of the painted ceilings, it was magnificent. We learned that, while it is still a private palace, the ballroom is occasionally rented out for weddings and such.