“SOJOURN IN VENICE” BY TANEREDI (1927-64) SUMS UP THE ENERGY & CULTURE OF A TOTALLY UNIQUE CITY

<‘Sojourn in Venice’ by Taneredi, 1955, oil on hardboard, Ca’Rezzonico Museum>

Having taken 350 photos of VENICE in a few days, there’s no room for all of them. Below you’ll find a few.

<The RIALTO BRIDGE above>

This floater is one of the most expensive luxury yachts in the world. Try $180,000,000 on for size. Owned by billionaire heiress HEIDI HORTON, the Carinthia VII was built at the Lurssen yard in 2002 and had a refit 3 years later. She sails under the flag of Austria and is named after Austria’s Carinthia region.  Mrs. Horten and her late husband have owned several other large yachts, all named Carinthia. Presently, home base is VENICE. <PHOTO – Ross Winter>

<Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute (or St. Mary of Health) – above, faces toward St. Mark’s Basin>The city is much larger than I remembered & early March is a good time to visit – few tourists, easy admission to museums, efficient public transport, food is average and expensive, pizza is pizza, museum & transit passes may be worth while, back streets are an explorer’s delight, not much night life unless you drink, after dark many restaurants shut down.  Venetians dress smartly, there are churches everywhere, and if your room faces a major canal, remember it’s a busy thoroughfare & boats have horns.  <PHOTO – Murano Piazza, Christmas tree and tower>

<On the way back to Venice on Vaporetto #2 from Murano, an island that specializes in glass art.>They’re efficient, noisy and quick – the Vaporetto is an important part of Venice’s public transit system.

<The Doge; his palace has long lineups even in off-peak months. Doges of Venice were elected for life by the city-state‘s aristocracy.>

<“CHANGING PLACE, CHANGING TIME, CHANGING THOUGHTS, CHANGING FUTURE”, courtyard of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum on the Grand Canal>

<Even public utilities have a certain artistic style in Venice>    <PHOTO ABOVE by Ross Winter, St. Mark’s Square – a must visit>

TWO GREAT VIEWS OF VENICE – ONE ABOVE A SHOPPING CENTRE; THE OTHER ATOP A MUSEUM

Free of charge, but a reservation is necessary, VENICE’s first ultra luxury shopping centre – the PENDI – offers spectacular views in two directions from the Fondaco dei Tedeschi terrace. Vogue predicts the ritzy shops underneath could well become Italy’s Harrod’s.

To make a reservation on a specific day and time, you’ll have to do some Googling. A friend made our booking.

CA’REZZONICO, is an art museum fronting on a canal. Amongst an over-supply of nudes and cherubs on the top floor, you’ll find another aspect of the metropolis. The photos below were taken through a very clean window. Access to the view is included with your admission.

TORONTO KEEPS GOING ‘FULL SPEED AHEAD’ WITH SEVERAL UP-AND-COMING DEVELOPMENTS

That didn’t take long. CIBC Square in South Core is rising. TORONTO’s new financial district south of Union Station will soon have two new skyscrapers. CIBC, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, will eventually move south from its present headquarters building on Bay Street at King.

Good news for kids 12 and under. Beginning on March 9th, they’ll be able to ride GO Transit trains and buses for free, the province has announced. Children under five already ride for nothing on GO, while those between six & 12 are granted a discounted fare.  The under 12’s have been riding free for some time on the TORONTO Transit system, and the UP Express to-and-from Pearson Airport.  Not a bad deal all around.
Holder of two Michelin stars, sushi chef MASAKI SAITO is leaving New York City and opening a new restaurant in TORONTO’s Yorkville neighbourhood. Here he will present his interpretation of traditional edomae-style sushi.  Saiko opened the New York Branch of Sushi Ginza Onodera in 2016, earned his first Michelin star in 2017 and added another, at age 30, in 2018. He plans to put his roots down in TORONTO.The University of TORONTO is first in Canada in the 2019 QS World University subject rankings. It is also the only university in the world to rank in the top 50 for the vast majority of specific subjects included.University of Toronto has placed in the top ten globally in six QS subjects: library and information management (3rd), pharmacy and pharmacology (4th), sports-related subjects (5th), education (7th), nursing (7th), and anatomy and physiology (8th).  More than 1,200 institutions were ranked across 48 subjects this year.