This is the view I get from our kitchen window on the second floor of this house, built in the 12th century.
The window overlooks a narrow canal and a bend in the canal to the left. To my right, I can see a bridge leading towards Corte Rota, San Lio, Ruga Giuffa, and Campo Santa Maria Formosa. In the morning, we get a few sun rays filtering through the plants on the window bench, while not a single sun ray enters by noon. That’s fine in summer, when you are grateful for a place with thick walls that keep the kitchen pleasantly cool.
The sun is back, however, by mid-afternoon, and I love the mild light in spring and early summer, perfect for reading cookbooks on the window bench overlooking the little canal. In summer, the sun rays flood the kitchen with light, until after 9 pm! That’s why I love solstice time in Venice, for we can make a late dinner with the last sun rays illuminating our dining table.
From five o’clock in the morning, we can hear all sorts of boats pass, even with windows closed. There’s this unmistakable, continuous clasping of the water against the building … In the morning, boats pass transporting all sorts of goods, including vegetables and fruit to the markets. From about 8:30 am on summer mornings, you can hear the first gondolas pass under the windows. True, during those hot days in summer, visitors need to get up early, as a gondola ride in the parching summer sun can be something of an effort. You wouldn’t believe it, but once I counted 50 gondolas pass between 8 and 9 am, on a morning in late July!!
>> Join me for a glimpse of Lina’s garden here.