Saturday was Hot. Hot. Hot.
After Jim and I stopped by the library we decided to have a sandwich out. That would be supper which was fine with me. But, we came just as they locked the door at Einstein's Bagels - which is next door to Manoli Canoli - where I had lunch with Susan Gordon yesterday.
"I bet you'd love the grilled shrimp salad Susan had yesterday." Jim agreed he would. I knew in this heat I would have another Caprese plate ( sliced homemade mazzarella cheese and tomatoes with olive oil and olives.) And, one of Jim's shrimps.
We waited while the waiter re-set the sidewalk tables which were still wet from an earlier downpour. Another man stood in the sun with us - he took the red-checkered table and we took a near-by blue checkered one.
Jim turned to the man at the red-checkered table and laughed, "We like to imagine this is on the Fondamenta beside a canal in Venice." The man smiled, surprised. "I was just in Venice in April. The best vacation my wife and I have ever had. We stayed a week. Our 30th wedding anniversary. It was fantastic."
What an opening gambit for a memorable conversation.
For the next half hour the three of us shared our experiences and our conviction that Venice is a unique experience that you open yourself to. We traveled - separately and together - but all in the same place.
In venice there is no one place to see - no special sight - Venice is an expereince. The man was there for a week and fell in love. Jim and I had our five weeks there and romanced the city - or did Venice romance us. We would go back in a minute. It is our favorite destination.
As he left we shook hands. "maybe we will meet again - in Venice."
A minute later the waiter arrived with a glass of wine,"for you, from the gentleman."
Jim and I agreed - if Einstein's had been open - we would have missed the boat for this encounter and the ride on the Grand Canal.
On the Via Garibaldi, Venice