|Caped Crusaders of Folk Music|
This weekend we were rewarded by hearing some old Italian musicians squeezing their accordions and playing some Veneto folk tunes. We watched as these two accordionists, old geezers my age, were accompanied by a large group of blacked caped men, some in masks, belting out song after song as they strolled along the calli (street in Venice). Their folk tunes seemed to be known to many bystanders who then proceeded to join in with the capesters.
|cymbals adds some rhythm|
|The blue masked man was a real ham.|
This group carried two banner flags showing the name, “Congrega del Tabarro”, (The group of the capes) and these Venetians were carrying on a long held tradition. Their enchanting tunes with predictable melodies attracted an increasingly large audience. It is refreshing to see folk music surviving in this region. There must be a special place in heaven for these preservers of folk music.
Venice is always full of surprises, you just have to be lucky to be there at the right time. This weekend, was one of those fortunate days. Only luck brought us to run head on with this happy concert only because we were headed to our favorite restaurant hidden deep inside this neighborhood.
This restaurant, Il Milion, we discovered over a year ago. It is hidden by travelling through several small porticos going further away from busy Campo San Bartolomeo. Surrounded by other small restaurants and a bar there would be plenty of competition but the give-away was viewing the locals who go there for a calm meal away from the tourists, one prepared with a hard-core belief in sticking to the Venetian Cuisine. It’s strictly a mom and pop restaurant with mom serving and husband cooking. I believe that Carlo Petrini, slow food founder, would give it two thumbs up.
|Spaghetti Alle Cipolle|
All Americans should notice that the serving you find here is not a PILE of food. Shown here is a normal serving.
After such a fine pranzo (lunch) we wandered the calli, crossed bridges and wandered towards St. Marks where we saw far fewer tourists than we would find in the Spring and Summer.
February is actually a good month to visit Venice. We’ve been there when it snowed, when the wind from the north blew and when the sun decided to show itself. The weather this weekend was almost warm and the sun made nice colors on the water. We stopped to watch the traffic jams of gondolas with their gondoliers.
We noticed that the Africans have become more bold in selling their knock off purses. We rode the vaporetto in both directions, and in the evening we returned to St. Marks to see the lights.
I have included some photos of our visit. After 7 years of living in the Veneto I still enjoy a short visit. To me it is like Disneyland with real buildings, history, and, great food.
|Hoping For Some Business|
|Duck Your Head!|
|Late Night Visit to St. Marks|
|The Colors of Venezia|
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