October 20, 2012

Caffe Florian, Venice, Italy. October, 1980

When you enjoy your coffee at the bar in Italy, it is relatively inexpensive. When you decide to enjoy it while seated at a table, it is more expensive. And when you decide to sit at a table at Florian, the fabled cafe here on the Piazza San Marco in Venice, it is most expensive. Even for Venice. Still, these ladies seem to be enjoying themselves, probably listening to beautiful atmospheric music from a nearby string quartet (either one at Florian or at Quadri, the competing cafe across the piazza; a six euro charge is added to your bill is the music plays while you’re seated.) If all goes as planned, I’m sure we’ll be passing by Florian today, right by, as I take Jay to see Venice’s greatest hits.

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