In my last post I showed you how goods arrive at their destinations. Here I have some of the things you can buy. I have not included anything from a street stall, most of which are crammed with bags and scarves and masks and little models of St Mark's. All these were in shop windows (except the one that was on my table ... that will become clear). I do not claim that this is not representative of things you can buy in Venice - simply things that caught my eye.
Suppose you've been walking all day, your feet ache ... would you buy these?
Speaking personally, I value my knees to much - though I can see that they are rather wonderful colours.
If you don't fancy shoes, how about jewellery?
When I saw this, it struck me that it resembled a collection of green nipples. But maybe green nipples are your thing ...
You can buy dolls in many shapes and forms.
These are dressed in their finery, and are presumably meant to sit on the side and be admired. No use to my granddaughter then.
I can't see her playing with these, either. They're glass, and the colours are lovely, and might look good with the sun behind them.
Maybe the grandsons would like masks? There are masks all over Venice - and some of them are truly beautiful. I'm sure many tourists swaddle them in bubble wrap to get them home. And how many unpack them and wonder - what are they going to do with it now?
It's all getting too much. Time for this: