When I was all through with the noise and bustle of the market I started walking back and that's when I got lost. At some point, I realized that I didn't know where I was, I had missed the little road back down to the hotel, and the street I was on, wasn't indicated on the strange map I had, so I kept walking and walking and walking and it kept getting hotter and hotter and hotter. But, of course, eventually I ended up at the water only I was way down at a harbor where all the boats are that take you on excursions around the island and such (which I should think about doing). I took some pictures while there cause I wasn't totally miserable yet. :)
At some point after this I was still getting confused on which way was onward and which way was wrongward and finally stopped in at a cafe type place where there was even a policeman and said show me on the map where I am. They did and I got myself going the right way and knew I'd get there. It was embarrassing though because I literally had sweat dribbling down the sides of my face, my hair in the back was wet, my clothes were wet from the inside out and I was HOT!!!
Knowing what I was doing enabled me to keep being a good enough tourist to take this one last picture. I happened to notice this building with just the one really neat corbel, I guess you'd call it. All the corbels were quite lovely but the one with the griffin just got to have that little something extra. They talk a lot about the baroque here in Ortigia and all of Sicily actually. I guess this is a pretty good example of it, as are a lot of the buildings.
I got back, took a nice shower, loafed around for awhile working on Friday's post, then went to the DaVinci exhibition while I waited for dinner time. It was interesting because it's astounding how many futuristic ideas the man came up with. And, also ideas that were put into use back then. I didn't understand the mechanics of some of the things too well, but I really enjoyed seeing all the models which were made of beautiful wood and metal, twine, etc., as needed. They were all working models and some said "do not touch". I figured that meant all of them, but as I left a couple of people were working the ones that didn't have signs and I wished I had done that too. Some pictures of course and the printed material explains the object, if you're into it. The first three are panorama shots which I think I mentioned Chris had shown me how to do in Florence. Aren't you glad I have an excuse to take even more pictures?? There were only the two rooms and these are pretty much the entire room for each one.
Well, you're all in luck - I've been trying for 15 minutes or so to post 4 pictures (just two models) and I'm giving up.
I will move on to Saturday night's dinner. I piqued Chris's interest by telling him it was hilarious or something and it was to me. I went to a little place up that dark street called Carravaggio's where I had hoped to have lunch and get a pizza. But when I stopped by they had already closed so I went back that evening and got my pizza. I ordered a pizza that had Emmenthal cheese, fresh tomatoes, rocket (I think that might be our arugula) and oregano. I also ordered what I thought was a glass of wine since it was just 4E. So first here comes my wine and it was half a liter!! I mean, that's a LOT of wine! I laughed but didn't really bother trying to order just a glass cause there it was poured in a carafe, and plus if it cost 4E a glass would be like 50 cents or something. So, I poured myself some and waited a while and here came my pizza and it was probably a 14" pizza - big! Again, I just laughed out loud. But I dug in and oh, my, goodness...it was good! I started out by cutting regular triangle pieces (they don't cut the pizza) but decided I'd better eat all the center which was definitely the tastiest part. The outside crust was wonderful but no sauce or cheese just wood-fired fresh made crust so I concentrated on the center and did a fairly good job. I'm sure they thought I was a really crazy American, but that's fine. I am sort of a crazy American, I guess. Anyway, here's what it looked like.
The last three pictures are from Friday but I went ahead and included them because...
I thought the top trim on this first building was pretty wonderful...
And before anything else can go wrong with this netbook, Google blogger, or the wi fi connection at the hotel, I'm signing off so buona sera! And I'm not proofreading this either.