Seems like in just 2 days the thermostat has jumped 20 some degrees. We're now in the sweltering zone, with both high temps and equally high humidity.
If you are a tourist in Venice now, I have an essential tip for you that will help you survive these dog days of summer.
Here's the first part of my tip.....
1. Get yourself a fan.
That's right. An old fashioned hand fan. Get two or three. Here's my current fan collection and I usually have two of them with me at any given time. One for each hand. I'm not kidding.
This one is just a cheap-y, something I picked up in a sidewalk stall somewhere for a couple of bucks. Nothing fancy, on the small side so it slips into any handbag I may be carrying easily. This plastic one, with flowers that look deceivingly like they could be hand painted, handles some not-so-gentle treatment. Totally tacky, but well worth the 2 bucks.
This one is my essential Pink accessory, used often, especially when I'm at a Pink Lioness event. It's also small, like the one above, and only a couple more Euros, but it's paper instead of plastic and not holding up as well. Gets high marks for cuteness, not so much for durability. But hey, it's Pink!
And last but not least, the lace fan I picked up on Burano a few years ago, mostly out of dire necessity as that day was also a scorcher. It's larger than the other two, and was much more expensive. Doesn't pack so easily into my handbag due to its size, but it does provide a bit more wind to the face when in use. I always have the strong feeling I should be wearing a flamenco dancer's dress when I use it.
So, my advice for the day is to purchase a fan at the first kiosk you get to. Pick up one that has scenes of Venice on it if you must, but JUST DO IT. The other day I saw some with big polka dots on them when they opened up. One of those just might be joining my fan collection soon.
Fans, fans, fans. Find one you like?
And the second part of my tip....
2. Use it. Liberally.
Don't worry about how stupid you will look, everyone around you will be either a) using a fan and looking stupid also or b) flat out jealous that you have a fan and they don't.
After you get the hang of it, you'll be flipping out that fan with the flick of your wrist, feeling very Scarlet O'Hara-ish. Or is that Mata-hari- ish? You get the idea. (Yes, I know what you are thinking. Karen-hari- ish).
Keep cool, amici. Get out there and enjoy Venice.