Venice on Foot: San Marco

If Venice on the canals was chaotic — on land was far worse! We were woefully short on research and needed to find directions to our departure point for the ferry that went up the Grand Canal to the airport. The Italians are hopeless at directions.

The ticket officer for the ferry line we were using sent us in totally the wrong direction. She sent us back into St Marks square — over the narrow canal bridge and into the hordes of tourists which flock here in the summer.

All of my senses were telling me we were going in the wrong direction and Mr P had to agree with me that something was wrong when I fished out our basic map and said we should be going that way not this way.

I took refuge from the heat of the sun under the arches of the Doges Palace while Mr P went off in search of someone who knew their way around and to get us some sensible directions.

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Cooking with Matcha

I love pure Matcha green tea.  A Matcha blend is okay, but the real stuff, the really great stuff — is in the natural, Matcha powdered green tea.  I dump some of that poofy Matcha into a glass of cold water, or a cup of boiled water, and stir and then sip — and I’m in a completely different state of mind:  Calm, collected and insightful.

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Amaretto Ice Cream

by Joyce Kohl

Amaretto Ice Cream Source: Go Inside™
Nothing is better than homemade ice cream
Servings: Ingredients:
1 1/2 gallons



4 eggs

1/2 tsp sale

1 quart Half and Half

1/2 cups amaretto

2 (6 ounce) packages chocolate chips

3 cups sugar

1 quart whipping cream

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup toasted almonds, chopped

  1. Beat eggs well. Gradually add sugar and beat until mixture is a lemon color and very stiff. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  1. Put mixture into an ice cream maker, then make according to the directions of the ice cream maker.