Where’s Piero?

My friend Piero recently sent me this photo that he took. Can you guess where he is?

(Bert, can you give the rest of my readers a 24-hour running start before you give the answer?)   :)


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Quattro Minuti con Casanova–Palazzo Soranzo

Ready for another part of the story? You heard about Senator Bragadin and saw his palazzo where Casanova had his own apartment and a gondolier at his beck and call. But where did Casanova first meet the senator? If you read the title of this post, you probably guessed right. Spend another (approximately) four minutes enjoying story time in Venice!



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Caption Me



Provide a caption, please! What would Casanova be saying here?

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova–Palazzo Bragadin

Happy birthday, Casanova!

To commemorate him, I’ve begun a series of videos featuring Casanova locations in Venice.


These won’t be in any particular order–except what I happened to be walking by that day! I only had time to do six locations when I was in Venice last February. I hope to make more this summer (and I supposed I’ll be dressed quite differently then!)

Someone asked me, “Why four minutes with Casanova?”

The answer is not very deep. I happened to like the alliteration of “quattro,” “con,” and “Casanova.” And if you see the videos, you’ll see that four minutes is a moving target that I didn’t always hit successfully. But hopefully, you’ll learn a little something, or be entertained,  and also enjoy seeing the location rather than just reading these stories in my book.

Manuel Carrion, owner of Carrion Gallery on Giudecca, is opening a show called “Spying on History with Casanova,” and  he’ll be featuring my videos with the other artwork. Here’s a link to his event:


I wonder how Casanova would celebrate his birthday? Maybe with a glass of something yummy. Pour yourself one and enjoy a video while you sip!

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Sneaking into Casanova’s House Again!

My friend Manuel, who lives in Venice, gained access to Casanova’s final house, the place where he lived before he had to leave Venice forever in 1782. This is on Barbaria de le Tole, house #6673, behind the church of SS Giovanni e Paolo. The inhabitant graciously allowed Manuel to come in to film the interior. Here’s the link:

We know quite a few details about this place because of surviving letters. Casanova lived here with his mistress, Francesca Buschini, a seamstress, who wrote to him after he had left the city. “I kiss you with all my heart,” she wrote to her beloved after he had left. The letters tell of many mundane things, like taking care of the dog, and also the constant anxiety Francesca had about paying the rent. “Without you, my dear friend,” she wrote, “we would never have known how to pay it.”She was supporting her mother, brother, and sister, and Casanova’s financial help had been a necessity for her. She also mentioned, “The chickens are still kept in the garret; there is therefore no chicken dirt about.” The room you see in Manuel’s video is this garret. I see laundry and various household objects, but no chicken dirt. Great view, huh?

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Want to Self-Publish?

Interested in self-publishing? I’ll be making  presentation next Tuesday, April 1, at the Rose Garden branch of the San Jose Library, from 6:30 to 7:30. Come find out about all the steps–from creating a book, formatting options, printing, marketing, and sales. I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned from self-publishing three books and also helping others with the process. The Friends of the Library will be selling copies of my books. Come on by or send your friends!



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Masked Dancers

Did you see these two during Carnevale this year? First they were spotted in Campo SS Apostoli. How audacious! They just set down their music, took off their clothes, and danced!


The taller one danced with a veil.


They were spotted walking down Strada Nova.Image

And then at Traghetto Santa Sofia.


Then they danced again at Campo San Bartolomeo.



There were plenty of people in the audience enjoying the show.


Who were they??? Maybe we’ll never know.


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