Dolomites 2016, non-bike post

Alert–the following post is not about biking in the Dolomites!

Both 2015 and 2016, I flew in a day early. By arriving some time on Thursday, I had all of Friday to start the process of acclimating to the time zone, and to shake out the effects of trans-Atlantic travel. Then Saturday, mean people would start flogging me up steep hills šŸ˜¦

Which is a story for future posts.

Walking around in daylight and fresh air is the best way for me to try to convince myself that 3AM at home really is a perfectly reasonable time to be awake and eating lunch. How fortunate then, that I was spending the day in the ultimate pedestrian city, Venice.

Seriously–no cars, despite jet lag-induced idiocy can only get so lostĀ because it’s a small island-perfect!

When I visited a couple museums in 2015, I brilliantly left my camera in my bag at the bag check both times. And then instantly regretted it. I’m blaming the jet lag. But at least I didn’t make the same mistake two years in a row. Rather than photograph the best, most important pieces, I mostly took pictures of the things that tickled my funny bone, with a couple goes at an “arty” shot. Old stuff is from the Galleria dell’Accademia, modern stuff from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

So with no further ado:

Some pre- and Renaissance art can be so stylized as to almost seem modern, which I love. And then there's just the whole

Some pre- and Renaissance art can be so stylized as to almost seem modern, which I love. And then there’s just the whole “what an incredibly bizarre-looking Christ Child” thing going on… Seriously, I know that hands are hard to paint, but those hands!!! See also “Christ Child of the Abs” in my previous post.

The detail work on this 15th century cross was pretty amazing.

The detail work on this 15th century cross was pretty amazing.

Love the skull!

Love the skull!

WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THOSE TOES?!?!?! Seriously, can anybody explain them to me?

WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THOSE TOES?!?!?! Seriously, can anybody explain them to me?

The dog and cat fighting in the corner of this painting was pretty entertaining.

The dog and cat fighting in the corner of this painting was pretty entertaining.

Angry horse!

Angry horse!

Apparently no matter the era, rich people liked to tote around little fluffy dogs.

Apparently no matter the era, rich people liked to tote around little fluffy dogs.

The more angles you looked at it by, the cooler this piece got

The more angles you looked at it by, the cooler this piece got

I really liked this one. Beguilingly simple, and full of motion.

I really liked this one. Beguilingly simple, and full of motion.

Despite what you may have first thought, this is not a pre-Renaissance Christ Child, but rather a 20th century painting of a cyclist!

Despite what you may have first thought, this is not a pre-Renaissance Christ Child, but rather a 20th century painting of a cyclist!

There are more photos in my Venice album here. I promise that the next post will have actual cycling content!

 

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