Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Rialto Mercato, Venice

   La Boqueria, in Barelona, takes the cake for greatest food mercado I have ever seen, but yesterday we took a boat through the Grand Canal of Venice to the Rialto Mercato that proved an awesome sight for food lovers. Along with plenty of citrus, strawberries, bitter lettuces, and sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes were plentiful. We mostly saw baby artichokes with beautiful hues of purple and vendors wielding sharp knives, peeled them at top speed so they were ready to cook. Needless to say, I couldn't resist.
   Venice is spectacular and we hit it for Carnevale. It was not intentional and I was nervous about crowds and crime, but the costumes are absolutely incredible. We are staying on Lido, an island across the lagoon from Venice. It is very pretty, quiet and spacious- quite unlike Venice itself. We start each day with a walk on the beach, gazing across the Adriatic Sea. We only have one more day and I plan on doing more wandering, eating and enjoying, after which I will report back to you on this amazing voyage.
   For now, feast you eyes on some of the beautiful Italian produce found at the Rialto Mercato.
Artichokes and such
Sun Dried Tomatoes
Gorgeous produce
Chile pepper bouquets to ward off evil spirits.
The Rialto Bridge



Marianne O'Hearn said...

I send you a giant HELLO from Green Bay, Wisconsin. I haven't read your blog in a while, and I can't believe how fast time goes by. Too fast. Love reading about your adventures (especially all of the food) and am starting to live this "year abroad idea" vicariously through you, so thanks!


Margery Poitras said...

If the opportunity presents itself to do a year abroad, take it! It has had its challenges but I can't believe it is almost over. Thanks for the note, Marianne!